Birth, death, and cows: India’s oxytocin situation
India’s mothers need oxytocin—a critical drug in ensuring the safety of birthing women. Today, the Supreme Court will decide where they get it from
The apex court is set to rule on whether private sector manufacturers can produce oxytocin again
This comes less than a year after the central government gave state-owned KAPL sole domain over oxytocin manufacturing
The Centre did this to prevent the alleged misuse of the drug to increase lactation in cows
The regulation of oxytocin is a pet project of Union minister Maneka Gandhi. India’s Solicitor General was even deployed to plead the Centre’s case
Today, the Supreme Court of India will decide on a matter that has a bearing on all current and future labouring mothers in India, a country that sees 26 million births each year. It will decide whether one southern Indian company should be given sole responsibility for manufacturing and supplying oxytocin for all of India’s women and animals.
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