The Health Ministry has banned the sale of a popular painkiller Tramadol in private pharmacies.
Health officials said the drug was to be sold only in authorized government health institutions and not in private pharmacies.
Officials said the ban was necessary as the drug was accessible to schoolchildren who take it due to its narcotic effects without realizing its negative implications.
The ban was implemented by the ministry circular sent to the Cosmetics, Devices & Drugs Regulatory Authority (CDDRA) last week, according to its head Dr. Hemantha Beneragama.
According to medical sources Tramadol is a narcotic type pain reliever that treats moderate as well as severe pain.
Dr. Beneragama said it would hereafter be available only at the Osu Sala or government hospitals on a qualified doctor’s recommendation.