Sale of abortion drugs popular among doctors | News from Kozhikode

KOZHIKODE: The district drug control department found that the majority of bulk purchases of abortion drugs were made by doctors.
Of the total sales, 60% of the abortifacients are purchased by doctors, who practice in private practice, officials of the drug control department in the clearing district reveal that only 40% of these drugs were purchased by medical stores Retail.
Some doctors buy abortions wholesale to resell them directly to their “patients” who wish to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
The doctors sold the drugs charging huge sums, several times the market price, they say.
The district drug control department in conjunction with the department’s vigilance wing also prepared the list of 10 doctors who procured a large amount of abortions.
Doctors decide the price of the drug based on the financial terms of those approaching them for abortion, officials from the drug control department said on condition of anonymity.
Women who become pregnant as a result of extramarital affairs and premarital affairs are charged up to ten times the actual price of the drug, an official said, adding that doctors procure the drugs to maintain patient confidentiality. patients.
Following reports of abuse and illegal trade in abortions including mifepristone which is used as an abortifacient in the early months of pregnancy. Mifepristone is on the list of seven drugs whose sale is strictly monitored by the drug control service. The drug list has been prepared to ensure fair trade in the sector, the official said.
The list of medicines was prepared after closely monitoring and analyzing the purchases and sales of the main distributors in the district.
Other drugs included in the list are dextropropoxyphene, pentazocine, codeine, nitrazepam (tranquilizers), sildenafil and tadalafil (sex enhancers).
The Department of Drug Control, following the findings, made it mandatory for commercial wholesalers to keep a receipt for drugs sold to doctors.
Details of the sale will be monitored regularly as department officials have identified a counter-link between physician-pharmacists and some agents who distribute tranquilizers to school and college students.
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