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Drug exports

DRUG EXPORTS

What’s in news?

DCGI set out for an ambitious target to increase exports of drugs to 60 per cent.

Key data’s:

  • A two-day international regulator meet was organized by Pharmaceutical Exports Promotion Council of India.
  • The meet is aimed at “International Regulatory Convergence to Promote Accessibility and Affordability of Quality Medicines”.
  • The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) planned a target to increase exports of drugs to 60 per cent from existing 40 per cent.
  • This can be achieved by improving quality and efficiency and enhancing ease of doing business.
  • The initiative which will be implemented in different phases and focusing on different aspects of the regulatory process.
  • If India continues with its growth momentum as it has now, it’s contribution to the global drug market can be increase by 50 per cent in the next three years.
  • India produces the world’s most affordable medicines and increasing supply was doable provided quality standards improve.
  • India recorded with 21.7 per cent growth in July 2019. The cumulative growth of Indian exports for the period of April-July 2019 is 13 per cent.
  • To ensure transparency in the field, regulatory approvals including product certification will soon be processed online for both domestic and global firms, as currently the process is partially online.
  • Regulatory staff has been trained on several aspects including medical devices, e-governance, bioequivalent and bio-availability studies to improve the overall efficiency of the regulatory department.
  • In the “International Regulators Meet”, which was organized by Pharmexcil with the support of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, regulators from about 25 countries are participating.

Drug Controller General of India (DCGI):

  • Works under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • VG Somani, appointed as the DCGI by GoI in the month of August 2019.

Functions:

DCGI lays down the standard and quality of manufacturing, selling, import and distribution of drugs in India.

  • Acting as appellate authority in case of any dispute regarding the quality of drugs.
  • Preparation and maintenance of national reference standard.
  • To bring about the uniformity in the enforcement of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
  • Training of Drug Analysts deputed by State Drug Control Laboratories and other Institutions.
  • Analysis of Cosmetics received as survey samples from CDSCO (central drug standard control organisation).

 

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/poshan-abhiyaan/

http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2019/sep/20/dcgi-to-increase-drug-exports-from-40-to-60-2036351.html

https://telanganatoday.com/drugs-regulator-to-improve-transparency

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