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Govt Appoints VG Somani As New Drug Controller General

Somani is currently Joint Drugs Controller of India.

Aug 14, 2019 / 10:25 PM IST

The government on August 14 appointed VG Somani as Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). DCGI heads the Indian drug regulatory body the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), whose functions include ensuring the quality of drugs and cosmetics sold in the country, approval of new drugs and regulating clinical trials.

Somani is currently Joint Drugs Controller of India.

"The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr VG Somani, Joint Drugs Controller (India), CDSCO, to the post of DCGI, in Level 14 of the Pay Matrix as per the 7th CPC, on deputation basis, for a period of three years with effect from the date of his assumption of charge of the post," the government said in a statement.

Somani had to compete with S Eswara Reddy for the top post at the Indian drug regulatory body. Reddy currently holds the position of DCGI on an ad-hoc basis.

The appointment of Somani will end the wait of having full-time DCGI for last two years. Reddy was initially appointed interim DCGI in February 2018 for three months, and since then has been continuing on quarterly extensions.
Viswanath Pilla is a business journalist with 14 years of reporting experience. Based in Mumbai, Pilla covers pharma, healthcare and infrastructure sectors for Moneycontrol.
first published: Aug 14, 2019 10:25 pm

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