Brajesh Pathak has created history in his capacity as Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He grilled officials of Drug Controller General of India, Indian Council of Medical Research and Health Ministry during review meetings.
Pathak has exposed as how the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, which is supposed to ensure that licences for manufacturing of medicines are given after proper clinical trial of its use, has given licences to a number of Pharma firms including one owned by the relatives of the then Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.
Pathak was shocked to find that the mission of CDSCO has become to meet the aspirations, demands and requirements of the pharmaceutical industry rather than protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs.
He also exposed the nexus of officials of CDSCO, Indian Council of Medical Research and Health Ministry for giving permission for clinical trials to NGO PATH run by the former US President Bill Clinton in utter violation of rules which resulted into death of half a dozen tribals. Pathak has accused CDSCO of saving the interests of Pharma giants instead of people.
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