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Central Drugs Control Organisation working as agent of big Pharma giants
Pawan Kumar Bansal | 18 Sep 2013

Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak, in its report has accused it of granting licences to about three dozen Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.

 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .
 
 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .
 
 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .
 
 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .
 
 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .
 
 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .
 
 
. Central drugs standard control organisation is hitting media headlines all the time for wrong reasons. Parliament Standing Committee on Health has accused it of granting licences for manufacturing drugs and medicines  without mandatory clearing clinical trials.The organisation is short staffed,ill managed and is accused of indulging in corruption. Standing  committee of Parliament on Health headed by M..P,Brajesh Pathak,  in its report has accused it of granting licences to about  three dozen  Pharma firms including firm owned by relatives and family members of  former Union Railway Minister,Pawan Kumar Bansal without clearing clinical trials.The officials of the organisation enjoys tremendous clout by virtue of their position of supervising and monitoring multi billion Pharma industry that despite recommendations of action by standing committee,the Family Welfare Ministry which controls the department is dilly delaying action on on pretext or the other.
C.D.S.C.O.headed by Drug Controller General of   India is  national regulatory body  for Indian Pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices. and serves parallel functions to  the European Medicines agency  of the European Union ,the P.M.D.A.of Japan and Food and drug administration authority of United States.Advised by Drug Technical Advisory Board and Drug Consultative Committee it  makes pre-licensing and post-licensing  inspections,post market surveillance and recall of medicines  when needed.Recently it has  caused great embarrassment to itself by taking u-turn on issue of banning anti diabetes and  pain killers drug Pioglitazone and  Analgin hurriedly.First it banned  the sale of drug in the country merely on basis of a letter by  some person accusing  the drug of resulting into cancer without caring that where lakhs of diabetes patients Will get alternative medicine.It did not consulted even the Drug Technical Advisory Board and later when it came to know that complainant has  conflict of interest ban was withdrawn Justifying the ban .D..C.G.I  has argued that patient safety is paramount..The ban has forced lakhs of patients across the country  for using expensive insulin's and  and other alternatives.. It also coordinates with  drug controlling authorities of various states and Union Territories.
The organisation is often accused of collaboration with medical experts and Pharma giants on issue of granting licences for manufacturing of drugs of new molecules. Shockingly despite stern warning by the Parliament Standing Committee on Health it keeps on granting licenses for  manufacturing of new drugs.Further the Health Ministry has not taken action against the concerned officials despite recommendations of Parliament Committee.Shockingly Health Ministry justifies the granting of licences without clinical trials in public interest  arguing that they were given in emergency cases where trials on Indians patients was not possible and there was rare diseases..Moreover the  licences were granting after taking due precaution an with expert medical advice..Independent observers told  this Citizen Journalist that although there is provision for granting licences in public interest  and in case of emergency and rare diseases.However they have pointed out that what public interest was involved in granting license to the firms owned by relatives of former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.Sources alleged that it is political clout  of the Pharma firm and money  which matters in such cases.They also points out that why the Health Ministry is not taking action against concerned officers on the basis of recommendations of Parliament Standing Committee.
The Parliament Committee in its report has also exposed the  so called cover of  expert medical advise while granting licenses.. The Committee has pointed out that  how identical letters were issued by medical experts  sitting  at far away places.The committee has pointed out that letters of opinion recommending approval for pirfenidone of  Cipla  from experts  from Delhi,Chandigarh ,Secunderabad and Mumabi were all received exactly on the same day.Committee has observed that these letters were collected by interested party from New-Delhi,Mumabi,Chandigarh and Secunderabad and handed over to office of DCGI on the same day adding that obviously that the interested party was in the loop in the entire process  of consultation with experts.  .