The Central government has banned the drug Detropropoxyfin and its ingredients and hence, it is illegal to sell or distribute this drug or its various brands, Assistant Drugs Controller P.K. Sreekumar said in a statement here.

All retail chemists and hospital pharmacies in Thiruvananthapuram district, who may be in possession of various brands of this drug, should return these to the distributors and inform the details of the stock and its worth (on the basis of MRP) to the office of the Thiruvananthapuram Assistant Drugs Controller (Ph: 0471-2470507), the statement said. — Special Correspondent