DCGI’s proposal for introducing unique code to drug packs gets nod from DTAB

The Drug Controller General India (DCGI) has proposed to introduce a unique code on drug packs whether it is a bottle, strip or vial to ensure the authenticity of the medicine

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New Delhi: Spurious drug menace has been a headache for the authorities for a long time. Despite many mechanisms in the past, it has continued in various parts of the country. Infact, the survey by Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) during 2014-2016 had found that 3.16% of the total samples were found to be sub-standard drugs and 0.02% were spurious.

Therefore, with an aim to curb the menace of spurious drugs in the domestic market, the Drug Controller General India (DCGI) has proposed to introduce a unique code on drug packs whether it is a bottle, strip or vial to ensure the authenticity of the medicine. Now, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has granted its approval to the same.

According to the proposal, manufacturers of these 300 brands are required to print a 14 digit alphanumeric code on the medicine packs along with a contact number. Consumers can message this code to the designated contact number and they get a prompt response giving details about drug manufacturers’ name, batch number, manufacturing date, the expiry date of the medicine.

The 14 digit alphanumeric number printed on each bottle, vial or strip of the drug will be unique to the particular pack. At times patients find it difficult to reach manufacturers to conclude the authenticity of drugs. This unique code will help them avoid buying spurious drugs.