E-DRUG: Banning of drugs in India
This is a communication that I have received from a medical doctor from Kerala.
I think he has done a commendable job and seeks your support. If you think so
then you may write to him directly.
I had filed an OP in Kerala High Court. Reliefs asked were:
1. DCGI (Drug Controller Government of India) should publish the list of drugs
approved by him in India.
2. National Drug Formulary to be published.( Even National Human Rights
Commission Has recommended this. An Action Plan To Operationalise The Right To
Health Care. Pay a visit to NHRC website).
3. MCI Regulation 2002 says the physician should prescribe as far as possible
in generic names and his prescription should be rational. Hence no prescription
outside the Drug Formulary. Prescription audit to be instituted.
Court in July 2006 directed the DCGI to take appropriate action. (Chief Justice
V K Bali & Justice M.Ramachandran 18th July 2006 WP(C).No.9157 of 2005(S)
I had submitted the copy of MIMS (http://www.mims-india.com/) which spoke of a
whole lot of irrational drugs not approved by DCGI but marketed in India.
DCGI did not act upon the court direction.
I filed an application in May 2007 under RTI (Right to Information) Act to know
what all steps have been taken. Consequent to this, Drugs Consultative Committe
held on June 4 has decided to ban 1105 brands across the country. DCGI has
communicated this directive to all the states. Action yet to be taken.
The Hindu (Trivandrum Edition) has carried this news report on July 2,2007.
I have again filed an application under RTI to know why this directive is not
being implemented. We should do something. Why don't we all file application
under RTI in all states? Why can't we file an RTI application to the DCGI on
the court verdict? Communicate this to all the activists.
Mob: 98470 77656
Dr Gopal Dabade,
Dharwad 580 002,