Ketoprofen drug banned to save vultures in Tamil Nadu [ Current Affairs ]


A non - steroid anti - inflammatory drug (NSAID), Ketoprofen banned to save critically endangered vulture population in the state. This drug has been banned in the three western districts of state: Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiris

  • Ketoprofen is widely used for veterinary purposes and as a substitute to banned veterinary painkiller Diclofenac.
  • Ketoprofen causes same effect on the vulture population caused by Diclofenac

Effect on vultures:

  • Vultures act as scavengers, preying on dead animals thereby their digestive system can even digest disease - causing pathogens found in rotting meat of dead.
  • Unfortunately they are not able to break down Diclofenac.
  • Ultimately they die of renal failure or kidney after eating drug.

About Ketoprofen:

  • It is one of the propionic acid classes of nonsteroidal anti - inflammatory drugs (NSAID) with painkiller and antipyretic effects.
  • It acts by hindering the body’s production.
  • It is generally recommended for inflammatory pains or severe toothaches that result in the irritation of the gums.

About NSAID:

  • Nonsteroidal anti - inflammatory drugs are a class of drugs that offers analgesic (pain - killing) and antipyretic (fever - reducing) effects.
  • It also provides anti - inflammatory effects in higher doses.
  • NSAIDs are usually used for the dealing of serious or chronic conditions where pain and inflammation are present.
  • NSAIDs are generally used for the indicative relief.

- Published on: October 14, 2015