Health Policy

Govt constitutes panel to look into irregularities in drug trials

After a report from a parliamentary standing committee pointed out huge irregularities in the function-ing of the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO), Health Ministery announced that a three-member committee would examine the issue. The panel comprises Dr V M Katoch, Secretary and DG, ICMR; Dr P N Tandon, president, National Brain Research Centre, Department of Bio-technology, Manesar; and Dr S S Aggarwal, former director, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.
The committee has been asked to examine the validity of the scientific and statutory basis adopted for approval of new drugs without conducting clinical trials, outline appropriate measures to bring about systemic improvements in processing and grant of statutory approvals and suggest steps to institutiona-lise improvements in other procedural aspects of functioning of the CDSCO.

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