Affordable drugs doesn't mean spurious: Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad
New Delhi, February 10, 2014: During a recent meeting with the head of the American drug regulator, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India said that Indian drugs should not be treated as spurious just because they are affordable.
Mr Azad made these comments during a meeting with US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg after she mentioned that there is a huge expectation and dependence of public on the regulator to ensure the quality of what they consume through drugs and food.
India has taken measures for capacity building, strengthening laboratories and creating more transparency in the regulatory system. Mr Azad also mentioned that punishment up to life imprisonment is prescribed for those involved in making and selling spurious drugs.
India and US also signed a Statement of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Medical Products, which seeks sharing of information about lack of compliance with accepted current good manufacturing, clinical and laboratory practices medical or cosmetics company in one another's country.