A Stinging Indictment of India’s Drug Regulation Authority

S Srinivasan

June 23, 2012 vol xlviI no 10 25 EPW Economic & Political Weekly

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization is expected to protect the citizen from the marketing of harmful pharmaceuticals. The findings of the 59th report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare are an expose of the shockingly lax standards followed by this so-called standards organisation, the casual approach taken in certifying drugs for sale, and the unethical and illegal steps taken by some pharmaceutical companies and medical practitioners in pushing for the introduction of certain drugs in the market. Can and will the government act?