New Delhi, Mar 3 : The government on Tuesday put curb on exports of 26 pharma ingredients and medicines, including paracetamol, vitamin B1 and B12, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in China, according to a government notification here. Earlier, there were no restrictions on outbound shipments of these products.
''Export of specified APIs and formulations made from these Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (APIs) under the ITC HS Codes mentioned....is restricted with immediate effect and till further orders,'' the Directorate General of Foreign Trade notification said. APIs are a raw material for pharmaceuticals. Paracetamol, vitamin B1, B6 and B12, the other APIs and formulations over which the export restrictions have been imposed include Tinidazole, Metronidazole, Acyclovir, Progesterone, Chloramphenicol, Ornidazole, formulations made of Chloramphenicol, formulations made of Clindamycin salts, formulations made of Neomycin, and formulations made of Paracetamol.
Earlier , Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted asking people to remain calm and take small important precautions to prevent spread. On Monday, two new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported - one from the national capital and the other in Telangana. The global death toll from the new coronavirus epidemic surpassed 3,000 after more people died at its epicentre in China, as cases soared around the world. (UNI)