Pollution by pharma companies: Activists write to European Union

Indian public health professionals, consumer rights groups and villagers affected by pharmaceutical industry pollution have called upon the European Commission (EC) to urgently tackle the 'grave environmental and human health crisis' unfolding due to the production of drugs in the country. 

In a letter to the President and Vice-President of the European Commission and the European Union Commissioners for the Environment, Industry, Health and Trade, the petitioners have called upon the EC to revise Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) by including compulsory environmental standards in factory inspections. 

The signatories to the letter include Village Council (Panchayat) Presidents of some of the worst pharma pollution impacted villages around Hyderabad, including Edulabad, Makthala Anantharam, Chinnaraviralla and Palligudem.

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