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2) Outright ban of drugs is not the solution to the health issues of the country. Comment, in the light of the recent  restrictions on the sale and manufacture of oxytocin. (250 words)

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2) Outright ban of drugs is not the solution to the health issues of the country. Comment, in the light of the recent  restrictions on the sale and manufacture of oxytocin. (250 words)

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Why this question

The government  has recently put a ban on the retail sale and private manufacture of oxytocin due to the misuse of the drug. However, oxytocin is an common and a useful drug. It is important to analyze the effect of this move and discuss its desirability.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to discuss in detail about the recent ban on oxytocin drug and form an opinion on why outright ban of drugs is not the solution to the health issues of the country.

Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – write a few lines about the recent restrictions on the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only and ban on import of oxytocin.

Body-

  • Discuss the reason behind the ban. E.g misuse in dairy industry, agriculture and possible links with cancer and other health related effects on long term use etc.
  • Discuss why the ban is not a right move. E.g discuss its use in maternal care and need to improve the same; shortages and price hikes; more incentive for illegal production etc.

Conclusion– Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.