Painkiller Tapentadol declared as narcotic substances
Published: 09:25 PM, 10 July 2020
Tapentadol; File Photo
The government has declared Tapentadol as narcotic substances and ordered to halt its’ production which is available as painkiller in Bangladesh.
Recently, an order was issued by the Security Services Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Later on July 8, the government published it in the form of a gazette.
According to the proposal of the Department of Narcotics Control, on the recommendation of the Directorate General of Drug Administration and Pharmacy Department of Dhaka University, Tapentadol was labeled as ‘Category 2’ psychotropic substance under Section 65 of the Narcotics Control Act as it is an alternative means of narcotic substances to addicts, the directive said.
Section 65 of the Narcotics Control Act states that the government can add or remove the name of any drug by amending the regulation by issuing a notification in the official gazette.
Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies will no longer be able to produce tablets using this ingredient Tapentadol after declaring this as narcotic substances.