SANTOSH KUMAR writes: It's paradoxical we should be saying this a day after the Rahul Mahajan champagne-and-cocaine saga. But yes, India has become a dumping ground for banned drugs. And production of banned drugs has become a booming business.
Not many people keep track of these bans and unwittingly consume the drugs causing a lot of damage to themselves and putting their lives at grave risk.
The following drugs have been have been globally discarded but are easily and widely available in India. The most common ones are D'Cold, Vicks Action 500, Novalgin and Nimulid.
ANALGIN: This is a pain-killer. Reason for ban: can cause bone marrow depression. Brandname under which it is sold: Novalgin
CISAPRIDE: Prescribed for acidity, constipation. Reason for ban: can cause irregular heartbeat. Brandname: Ciza, Syspride
DROPERIDOL: Anti-depressant. Reason for ban: Irregular heartbeat. Brandname: Droperol
FURAZOLIDONE: Antidiarrhoeal. Reason for ban: can cause cancer. Brand name: Furoxone, Lomofen
NIMESULIDE: Painkiller, also prescribed for fever. Reason for ban: can cause liver failure. Brandname: Nise, Nimulid
NITROFURAZONE: Antibacterial cream. Reason for ban: can cause cancer. Brand name: Furacin
PHENOLPHTHALEIN: Laxative. Reason for ban: can cause cancer. Brand name: Agarol
PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE: Prescribed for cold and cough. Reason for ban: can cause stroke. Brand names: D'cold, Vicks Action-500
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Reason for ban : can cause bone marrow depression. Brand name: Sioril
Anti-worm drugs. Reason for ban: can cause nerve damage. Brand name: Piperazine
Anti-diarrhoeal drugs. Reason for ban: can cause damage to vision. Brand name: Enteroquinol
Please make sure that you buy drugs only if prescribed by a doctor. Also, buy drugs made by reputed manufacturers and at reliable drug stores.
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