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Indian experts to evaluate safety of plastic bottles for pharmacy 2013-07-10

By AASource.com news team

The government of India is constituting an expert panel to examine if plastic and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles are safe for packaging pharma products. The Drug Technical Advisory Board, the apex body on drug safety, has recommended in a recent meeting that a scientific expert committee should examine whether the application of plastic or PET bottles for primary packaging potentially endanger public health.

More pharma companies are preferring plastic and PET bottles over glass containers to package medical and pharmaceutical products such as cough syrups, antacids and vitamins because of their lightweight and shatter-resistant quality.

Earlier, Him Jagriti, headquartered in Dehradun, has urged the government to completely ban the usage of plastic and PET bottles as primary packaging for pharma products as it has adverse effects on human health due to the presence of endocrine disruptors.

Studies have revealed that leaching of plastic leads to contamination of stored products by releasing harmful chemicals from the packages, especially when these products are stored under harsh and variable temperature conditions.

"The use of PET and plastic bottles for pharma product poses immense risk to public health. Our research from published sources shows that leaching becomes faster as temperature soars and packaging gets older. There are many scientific studies to prove that leached elements can cause several diseases including cancer," Ajay Jugran, president of Him Jagriti, said.