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Drug department calls emergency meeting as India restricts export of paracetamol among 26 items

Department of Drug Administration

Kathmandu, March 4

India has imposed a restriction on the export of 26 types of medicines including paracetamol as the number of coronavirus-infected persons is increasing. Concerned government officials in Nepal have expressed worries over the decision because the country imports many medicines from the southern neighbour.

Ishwar KC, the information office at the Department of Drug Administration, says the department has called a special meeting of the officials to discuss how the problem can be addressed. “The meeting has been called to discuss the contemporary situation,” he says.

The Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, on Tuesday, had decided to impose the restriction “till further orders”. The office also said the exporters now needed to acquire permission from the government to export the listed medicines, adding the amount of export would be decided based on the availability and need in the domestic market.

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