ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Farce of Drag Control

THE Drug Controller of India constitutes the final authority on the manufacture, sale and promotion of pharmaceutical products in the country. For aiding the controller and for the implementation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 two technical bodies are constituted, the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) which advises the state and central governments on the technical aspects of enforcing the act and the Drug Consultative Committee (DCC) to render advice to the governments and the DTAB. While the former is expected to give expert technical advice and therefore comprises technically competent personnel such as the directors of the Central Drug Laboratories, the various research institutes, the presidents of the pharmacy and medical councils, representatives of the Indian Medical and Pharmaceutical Associations and the Indian Council of Medical Research, In other words, the DTAB and the DCC are authoritative statutory entities invested with expertise whose advice, it would be presumed, is needed and heeded by the drug controller, except where administrative problems prevent such acceptance.

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