An article published on October 13, 2014 in the Indian news provider The Pioneer reports that the Indian Union Health Ministry banned PET containers for liquid medicinal products used in pediatric and geriatric treatments and for women of reproductive age. The ban is based on a recommendation by the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) of the Indian Ministry of Health. Manufacturers will have six months to switch from PET and other plastic bottles to other packaging. The expert panel suggesting the phase out of PET and other plastic bottles was set up in response to complaints by an Indian civil organization which sought a complete ban of plastic and PET bottles used in pharmaceutical packaging.

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The Pioneer (2014). “Syrups won’t come in PET bottles now.