The government has banned the retail sale of the controversial hormone drug Oxytocin by pharmacies to curb its misuse by dairy owners and farmers who use it boost milk production and plump up the size of vegetables and fruits. It is believed that those consuming such dairy products and vegetables and fruits are hit by irreversible hormonal imbalance.
The ban restricts the Oxytocin bulk drug manufacturers from selling it to only those with licences to make the drug formulations. The drug makers on the other hand can supply it directly only to veterinary hospitals.
Under Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule, 1954, the drug can be distributed on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner only. Further, to avoid its bulk sale, Oxytocin injections are packed only in single unit blister packs.
Oxytocin is a mammalian hormone, secreted by the posterior pituitary gland. It is sometimes called ‘love drug’ or ‘boding hormone’ for its ability to enhance social interactions like maternal behaviour and bonding.
It is also called ‘birth hormone’ because it is responsible for distension of the cervix and vagina during labor facilitating birth. It is ‘milk releasing factor’ in female, helps in breastfeeding after stimulation of the nipples.
Meanwhile, Prof. Paul Alewood from the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience has claimed that Oxytocin also holds the key to treat chronic abdonimal pain.