The Indian Government is going to ban almost 1200 new list of drugs which are combination drugs. The new list of drugs to be banned is including antibiotics and antidiabetic drugs. The panel investigative the efficiency of drugs has been sent a new list of 1,200 fixed dose combination drugs (FDCs) by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).
The government has already banned more than 350 combination drugs in which Vicks Action 500 Extra tablet is also banned. The Kokate Committee has reviewed about 6,600 FDCs so far and classified them under four categories — irrational, require further deliberations, rational and require additional data generation.
Chemists have warned the government that the recent ban on 350 fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) would lead to shortage of almost 5,000 medicines, including generics.
All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), the association representing about 750,000 medicines sellers across India, has written a letter to the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) citing the possibility of closing their shops for at least 30 days. Chemists have also advised the government to advise all concerned state authorities not to take any action against traders.
The combination drugs include two or more active pharmaceutical ingredients combined in a single-dosage form, manufactured and distributed in fixed doses.
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