The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization has failed 50 drugs across the country in the Drug Standard Test. In the month of October, out of 1280 drugs received from different laboratories across the country, 50 drugs failed the test. According to the organization, this is a routine process. Every month the samples of medicines come for testing and for different reasons the medicines which are found to be correct in the standard and quality check are approved.
Apart from conditions like geographical location, demography, and climate from one state to another, medicines can also fail the test due to brand matching. These samples have failed due to the medicines not meeting the standards of drug safety. The failed medicines were manufactured in Uttarakhand including Haryana, Kolkata, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand. Out of these 50 medicines, only 11 medicines from Uttarakhand are included.
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization has given show-cause notices to the companies manufacturing these medicines. Companies have been instructed to remove the entire stock of these medicines from the market. The Assistant Drug Controllers of the concerned areas have been asked to submit a complete report on this matter. Similarly, before October, the Health Ministry had failed the test of 26 drug samples in June, 53 in July, 45 in August, and 59 in September. These medicines also did not meet the standards.
is used as an antibiotic
Most of the drugs that have failed are used as antibiotics. Apart from this, other medicines are taken in the form of fever, vomiting, headache, and vitamins. Such tests are done every year by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization. In the test conducted last few days, many medicines made in Himachal Pradesh failed the test, and orders were given to withdraw them from the markets.
Increased use of antibiotics
The consumption of antibiotics in the country has increased considerably. In 2019, 500 crore antibiotics were consumed in the country. During the Corona epidemic, there was a huge jump in the demand for medicines. Experts say that many times people take medicines even without the advice of doctors, which causes harm. The problem of antibiotic resistance is also being seen in taking medicine without any reason.
What does IMA say
Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary Dr. Anil Goyal says that the proportion of drug samples failing worldwide is 3 to 4%. We have almost the same ratio here too but if it is more than 6% then there can be a situation of panic. The question is not three or four percent, the quality of medicines should be 100 percent. For what reasons they have failed in sampling, it is not known, but sampling error can be due to reasons like demography, and temperature patent.
Dr. Anil Goyal also told that among the medicines whose samples have failed, there are many life-saving drugs, some injections are also there and everyday medicines like paracetamol are also included in this.