Published On : Fri, Oct 21st, 2016

Media report in Nagpur leads Union Govt to ban 350 drugs


Nagpur: The suo moto cognisance of a media report by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, over sale of spurious drugs in Nagpur led the Union Government to come clear on the situation. The government informed Nagpur HC bench that it had banned over 350 fixed drugs combinations (FDC), which the experts believed have irreversible and adverse effects on vital human organs.

The reply came through Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), on behalf of the government.

Earlier, the India Medical Association (IMA) filed an affidavit stating that it was creating awareness among doctors and patients regarding use of banned drugs through seminars and other events.

Anand Parchure who was appointed as amicus curiae had made a prayer in this regard in the PIL along with banning of drugs.
A division bench comprising justice Bhushan Gavai and justice Vinay Deshpande then disposed of the case stating that purpose of PIL was served.

The IMA had submitted a list of about 87 drug combinations terming them as “irrational”. It was prepared by a court appointed expert panel headed by the Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College & Hospital in the city, in 2010. IMA pointed out that majority of these combinations were prohibited in many countries.

Parchure then pointed out that DCGI had met in this regard in 2011 after the panel submitted its report to the court. Then it again met after four years in February last year, but failed to take any concrete action against these 87 drugs.