Stringent laws against spurious drug manufacturers on anvil

Stringent laws against spurious drug manufacturers on anvil


New Delhi: Stringent measures like life imprisonment and heavy penalties against spurious drug manufacturers are on the anvil as government plans to bring two legislations in the ongoing session of Parliament.

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said this in the Lok Sabha today during a Calling Attention Motion as members dubbed spurious drug manufacturers as “mass murderers".

They sought changes in the law to take stern action against them.

The Minister said one of the legislations would enable setting up of a Central Drug Authority to monitor standards.

The other would aim at making the prevailing laws more stringent, he said.

Penal and legal provisions would include life imprisonment, raising the limit of penalty from Rs10,000 to Rs10 lakh and making the offence non-bailable, the Minister said adding government was fully aware of concerns expressed by members about counterfeit and spurious drugs.

Refuting reports that 30-40% of the total drugs produced were spurious, Ramadoss said a Pharmaco Monitoring Committee would also be set up to make it mandatory that all drug producing units maintain strict internationally- accepted standards.

On the positive side, he said Indian drug industry contributed almost 2.5% of the GDP with an estimated turnover of 36,000 crore and was growing at a rapid pace.

The country had the highest number of units approved by the US Federal Drug Authority, he said.