Sachin Jagdale – Mumbai
Maharashtra FDA’s efforts to curb female foeticides has resulted in an unexpected side effect: a growing number of chemists are returning MTP kits, and in some cases, even contraceptives to their distributors.
Officials of the state FDA body had noticed several bulk purchases of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) kits by certain distributors and chemists. On the assumption that these unusually high orders of MTPs were linked to terminate pregnancies after sex determination tests, the state FDA gave instructions to raid chemist shops dispensing MTP kits in the absence of legitimate prescriptions.
As a consequence of this crackdown, many chemists in the state have started returning MTP kits to the distributors/ manufacturers, fearing action from FDA authorities. Moreover, many chemists are now wary of stocking even contraceptive pills in their premises. This preemptive action could result in the shortage of these items.
According to FDA authorities, the circular from the Maharashtra FDA Commissioner spurring these reactions has been “misunderstood” by chemists.
While speaking about the entire controversy, Dilip Kadam, Executive Member, All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) and Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association (MSCDA) , said, “Chemists from areas where there is no practicing gynaecologist are mainly inclined towards returning back MTP kits. It is also true to some extent that chemists are giving back contraceptive pills as well, which are actua