Cleaning Up the Pharma Industry in India – A Landmark Ban on Irrational Drugs

S Srinivasan, Mira Shiva and Malini Aisola who are associated with the All-India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) write:For over 30 years pharmaceutical companies have been selling fixed-dose combination drugs with scant need to justify their efficacy, safety or rationality for use. The Government of India has finally banned 344 such drugs, though pharma companies have been able to obtain interim judicial stay orders. It is hoped that the courts take into account the serious public health implications of the sale of certain drugs and allow regulatory intervention banning uncertified combination drugs, including codeine-based cough syrups and various cold and flu drugs.

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