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NHRC directs health ministry to constitute monitoring body to check misuse of Diclofenac
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed Union ministry of health and family welfare to constitute a committee for monitoring the misuse of banned drug Diclofenac for animals across the country.
Acting on a complaint of this Odisha based citizen journalist -cum-rights activist (Akhand) rights, the Commission also ordered the ministry to direct all state Governments to keep watch and take steps for strict implementation of the directions in the regards.

Last year in May, NHRC had taken cognizance over the misuse of banned drugs 'Dicolfenac', a livestock painkiller and a killer of vultures in the country. The Commission had directed Secretary of Health & Family Welfare to submit their reply in the matter with in four weeks.

The Petitioner had alleged, "Though the drug is banned for animal use, Diclofenac is readily available with the chemists and private drug stores because it can be used to treat humans also. So, now the chemists selling veterinary drugs have started selling those meant for human beings."

It is noted that the normal dose of the drug in animals is about 11 ml for three or four days while the human dose is only 3ml per dose.

Mass killing of vultures is creating environment imbalance that affects human life. As carcasses once eaten by vultures now rot in village fields. Due to this drinking water becomes seriously contaminated, which endangers human life. It's a major human rights violation.

In order to restrict the illegal use of Diclofenac injection in animals meant for human use, the Government in consultation with Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), a statutory body of Central Government, had already amended The Drugs and Cosmetic Rules,1945 to make it mandatory that the drug for human use shall be packed in single dose pack only.

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