Policy intervention: Counter-Productive (Oxytocin (What is it? (Naturally…
Policy intervention: Counter-Productive
What is it?
Naturally produced in the
hypothalamus and is secreted into the
bloodstream by the posterior pituitary
plays a role in reproduction, child birth
Doctors use jt to induce
labour in pregnant women and to stem
WHO recommends it as the drug of
choice in postpartum haemorrhage
It is simply Synthetic version of Human hormone
Controversy around it: why?
It istimulate the mammary gland
and induce milk production in farm animals
news reports that it shortens their
lives and makes them barren sooner
It is linked to mastitis. It is a
painful inflammation of the udder.
reported among trafficked children,
as oxytocin is injected to accelerate puberty among girls
also being misused to speed-up the
deliveries for pregnant women in over-crowded Govt Hospitals
Stipulations by Govt
Manufacture of oxytocin for domestic use shall be by
public sector undertakings only(Karnataka Antibiotics &
Pharmaceuticals Limited), with label bearing Barcodes
manufacture of oxytocin for export purposes
shall be open to both public and private sector with barcodes
For domestic use, it will be supplied registered hospitals and
clinics in public and private sector directly.
No selling through a retail chemist
Is Ban the solution?
Could be used to reduce women childbirth due to bleeding
There's misuse for animals, bacteria is becoming resistnt to them
In rural India, death due to lack of Anti biotics is more than Antibiotic resistance==> Cost-benefit against outright Ban
Monopoly in production will affect prices and not benfit the medication purposes