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

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Dictated by Pharma Companies

The 59th report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health and family welfare on the functioning of the central drugs standard control organisation strongly indicted the agency for its incompetence and the corrupt dealing of doctors who are puppets of pharmaceutical companies. This was endangering the lives of Indian consumers, it pointed out. Instead of taking action on this report, the health ministry set up an expert committee to examine the issues it had raised. This committee has ended up diluting key recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee.

The 59th report of the department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on health and family welfare on the functioning of the central drugs standard control organisation (CDSCO) was a strong indictment of the professionally ill-equipped Drugs Controller, the incompetence of the CDSCO and corrupt dealing of doctors who do the bidding of pharmaceutical companies. The report made it clear that untested, unsafe and outdated drugs are flooding the Indian market and as innocent consumers Indians are being subjected to disproportionate risks.

Within two days of it being tabled, on 10 May 2012 Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad set up an expert committee to examine the issue of drugs approved without Indian trials and to suggest appropriate action and outline measures to improve processing and granting of licences.

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