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29/05/2020 02:10pm

Govt lifts curbs on paracetamol APIs

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New Delhi, May 29 (KNN) The union government has removed restrictions on the export of paracetamol Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) removed the restriction almost three months after the curbs were put in place due to shortage of supply from China amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

''The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) amended the export policy for Paracetamol APIs to remove the restriction making its export "free with immediate effect", said DGFT in a notification on Thursday.

On 3 March, it had restricted export of paracetamol and about a dozen other APIs as well as their formulations amid concern over supply disruption of crucial raw materials amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In April, the government had removed the curbs on shipments of formulations made from paracetamol, which included antibiotics, hormones and vitamins. These dozen APIs were tinidazole, metronidazole, acyclovir, vitamins B1, B6 and B12, progesterone, chloramphenicol, erythromycin and clindamycin salts, neomycin and ornidazole.

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