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NHRC issues notice to Centre and DCGI over study on unapproved antibiotics sale


The NHRC has issued notices to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on the sale of unapproved antibiotics.

By Team ABLE

According to a report filed by the Press Trust of India (PTI), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and the Drug-Control Authority over a study, which claimed that millions of unapproved antibiotics were being sold in India each year, posing a threat to the global fight against the spread of drug-resistant microbes.

The report mentions that according to the study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, multi-national pharmaceutical companies continue to manufacture drugs using dozens of unapproved formulations, despite the global health crisis of rising antimicrobial resistance.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said it had taken suo motu cognisance of the findings of the study, published by the media. The NHRC has issued notices to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) and has sought detailed reports in this regard in six weeks.