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India bans use of PET in pharmaceutical industry

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 28/10/2014 (04:45)
According to a notification issued on October 19 by India’s Ministry of Health, the Indian government has decided to ban the use of plastic packaging for liquid pharmaceutical formulations upon the request of the country’s Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) earlier this month. The country banned the use of PET and plastic packaging especially for liquid oral formulations.

The Ministry stated that the use of PET and plastic packaging for pharmaceutical products is hazardous to humans’ health due to the presence of endocrine disruptors. It was also decided that India had different environmental conditions than some of the developed countries which continue to use similar packaging as temperatures in the country reach as high as 45-50 degrees centigrade, creating greater risks of degradation. The pharmacy companies were given six months to switch to glass packaging in spite of the fact that it is much more expensive. Glass packaging provides healthier conditions and preserves the efficacy of liquid formulations, according to government officials.

The value of the PET market in the country was estimated to be around $1.6 billion, and before the ban, it was expected to reach $2.15 billion by 2016, according to industry analysts.
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