Does Plastic Bottles Contaminate Water
The Center has asked the Central Medical Research Council (ICMR) to conduct a detailed study to find out whether any kind of leaching is being done by placing liquid medicines in a plastic bottle. More than two and a half years ago, the documentary instructions came from the Union Health Ministry, in which the drugs have been said to be kept in glass bottles instead of plastic and polyethylene tariffhalet (PET) bottles.
What happens to leaching ?
Leaching is the process in which the water contained in the bottle comes out soluble elements and they are mixed with the material contained in it. In the government study last year, it was revealed that in the plastic bottles, cough syrup and other liquid medicines found toxic material including lead. It was said that such bottles produce dangerous material and suggested to stop medicines in such bottles. A source in the ministry told that the country’s top statutory authority of the standard for pharmaceuticals was also supported by the drug-related technical advisory board (DTAB) in the study. The source said, DTAB also recommended that plastic and PET bottles should not be used to keep medicines, especially in case of medicines for children and elderly. In May 2016 it was revealed that the study was contrary to the study conducted by former biotech secretary MK Bhan.
The survey revealed that there was a threat to human health
The MK Bhan Committee had told the National Green Tribunal in March of that year that there is no conclusive evidence that it is soluble in water to keep the medicines more than the permissible limit, by using additive substances like PET or vermilion. Elements can come out and cause a threat to human health. ICMR has now asked the National Institutes of Nutrition in Hyderabad to plan and study the study.