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Vitamin Controversy

Y K Amdekar


The reports of deaths of children in Assam following massive doses of Vitamin A administration during a mass campaign in November 2001, and a similar episode in neonates in Tamil Nadu some months earlier, have provoked extended controversy. Clearly, there is an urgent need to formulate guidelines based on scientific and epidemiological evidence, for the use of vitamins in general, and for massive doses of Vitamin A in particular.

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