DCGI to discuss drug tracking mechanism with pharma firms on 25th June

The Drug Controller General of India will be discussing the introduction of trace and track mechanism for top 300 drug brands that are sold in India with representatives of 66 pharmaceutical companies

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New Delhi: The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is all set to strengthen the process of keeping a tab on fake drugs in India.

DGCI has called a meeting with all major pharmaceutical companies on 25th June to discuss the proposal regarding the introduction of trace and track mechanism for top 300 drug brands that are sold in India.

The new approach will be implemented across India on a trial basis to spot out counterfeit drugs. Under this proposal, the company will print a unique number on each strip or bottle of the drug. It will also print a phone number where the customer can dial and enter the aforesaid unique number and get the name and address of the manufacturer, the batch number, manufacturing and expiry date of the medicine.

A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) in November 2017, revealed that about 10 percent of the medicines consumed in low- and middle-income countries, including India, are substandard and falsified.  Another survey conducted by the government found that around 3 percent of drugs in Indian retail supply chain are substandard.

A meeting notice issued by the office of the DCGI stated that the June 25 meeting will discuss the “modalities” on how to implement this proposal. The notice added: “The top 300 brands have been identified based on moving annual total (MAT) data provided by AIOCD AWACS.” The AIOCD AWACS is a pharmaceutical market research company formed by All Indian Origin Chemists & Distributors Ltd.

The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), in its meeting on May 16, had deliberated this matter and agreed for the introduction of trace and track mechanism for top 300 pharmaceuticals brands on voluntary basis.”The Board informed that an order may be issued by DCGI to all the concerned to this effect,” stated the minutes of the meeting.