Top pharma companies under scanner for spurious drugs in J&K

Top pharma companies under scanner for spurious drugs in J&K
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Srinagar: The Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) has sent more than 100 samples of dubious drugs, most of them manufactured by top pharma companies, for tests after an alert on spurious drugs was issued in J&K by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the DFCO has collected nearly 110 samples of drugs manufactured by top companies from shops and hospitals during a week-long inspection which concluded on August 17.
“The alert issued by Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation earlier this month came as an eye opener for the drug department in J&K. It has prompted the officials to check drugs of top companies and send the samples of dubious batches for testing to different labs,” a senior official said.
Sources said the companies which are under the scanner include Aristo Pharmaceuticals, Alkem Laboratories, Cipla and Sun Pharmaceuticals.
Recently, medicines manufactured by companies which supply drugs to J&K were found to be selling in counterfeit form in Rajasthan.
Following the discovery, the CDSCO asked the DFCO in J&K to intensify market checking and raids on suspected distributors of ‘spurious drugs’ as J&K has topped the list of substandard drugs many times in the past.
J&K Drug Controller Lotika Khajuria refused to divulge details about the week-long drive. However, she admitted that drugs of top companies had been sent to approved labs for detailed analysis.
“We have already submitted the report about the week-long drive to the higher-ups. But I cannot reveal the details as it’s confidential,” she said.
She said that action will follow after the drug analysis will be completed. “At the initial stage, we didn’t find any violation. But the detailed analysis will reveal everything,” she said.