DTAB to Discus Recommendations of Expert Panel on Banning of PET Bottles in Pharma Packaging
An important move was taken by the expert panel established up by the health ministry for examining and generating scientific opinion on the issue of banning of packaging of pharmaceutical products in Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles. In addition the plastic bottles have already submitted its preliminary report that would now professionally be discussed by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).
The recommendations was primarily headed by eminent pharmacologist Dr Y K Gupta, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology at AIIMS, has submitted its preliminary recommendations and scientific data. Eventually the issue of banning the PET bottles due to public health and environmental hazard would now be taken up by the ministry as per the recommendation of the DTAB.
The DTAB would take the final call on the matter. The investigations and discussions are still continuing for the final report conveyed by the,” Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr G N Singh. It would be discussed and decide as it is very crucial issue involving technical matters.
The whole issue started when quite number of suggestions raised among people that complete ban on usages of PET bottles (both coloured and uncoloured) as primary packaging material in pharmaceutical liquid orals, suspensions and dry syrups. It has severe adverse effects on human health due to the presence of endocrine disruptors.
Generally the pharmaceutical liquid orals were earlier packed in glass bottles are now being packed in PET bottles. All of the cough syrups, antacids, vitamins etc. are packed in coloured (Amber) PET bottles. In PET bottles leaching takes place under varying storage temperature conditions and the age of packaging. It is confirmed that PET and plastic bottles are composed of rigid plastic which referred because of their light weight and shatter resistant quality. S major studies have virtually revealed that leaching of plastic lead to contamination of stored product with the chemicals released by its packaging which may be even carcinogenic.