Government of India to bring all pharma related departments under one roof
November 25, 2014: The Government of India is working on a plan to bring all pharma related departments and agencies under a single authority with a view to have a better coordination. According to a recent statement from Mr Ananth Kumar, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, the government is working on one proposal to being all the departments or government agencies dealing with the pharmaceutical sector under one single department. The move is expected to result in better coordination and create an effective impact in India's efforts in the area of research, licensing, patent and pricing of drugs or medicines.
Currently, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has regulatory control over the import of drug, approval of new drugs, approval of certain licenses and clinical trials. On the other hand, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), working under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers controls the pricing of drugs.
The government is also working on a comprehensive pharma policy that is expected to address the issues related to bulk drugs, medical implants and devices. The focus for medical implants and devices is to increase the domestic production and reduce the imports of these products. The new pharma policy for bulk drugs is expected to be released in the coming few days.