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India to ban female sterilisation with malaria drug

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7136.955g (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:955
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian drug control agency has decided to ban the use of the antimalarial drug quinacrine for female sterilisation. The decision, announced last week, follows a petition by activists alleging that more than 30000 women in India have been sterilised with quinacrine over the past five years without the approval of health authorities.

    Quinacrine has been used as an antimalarial drug for nearly five decades. Quinacrine pellets inserted into the uterus can lead to fibrosis and block …

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