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Vitamin A Capsule
No distribution without clinical test: HC
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-08-28,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 20
The High Court on Wednesday asked the government not to distribute vitamin A capsule among the children without conducting any clinical test.
A vacation period bench of the HC comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman passed the suo moto order following a report published in Bangla daily the Kaler Kantho regarding the distribution of Vitamin A capsules.
"The government can only distribute vitamin A capsules if those are found standard in the clinical trial," the court said.
The bench also said that vitamin A capsules cannot be distributed among the children if those are found substandard in the test.
The health secretary, the director general of the Directorate General of Drug Administration and others related to the issue will carry out the order.
The court also issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks why the government action to distribute vitamin A capsules without holding any clinical test should not be declared illegal.
The court made the order to the authority concern including the Health Secretary and the DG of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA).
The Kaler Kantha in its report said the government has been procuring and distributing substandard red and blue Vitamin A capsules since the 70s without conducting clinical test.
In 2012, about 100 million such capsules were distributed among children across Bangladesh, but no clinical trials were run beforehand.
It further said the health department was procuring a further 36.5 million capsules for distribution.

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