Officially, the government has maintained that there is nothing wrong with the drug-quality monitoring regime. But the move to set up a panel to create a repository of medicines licensed and marketed in India is being seen as an admission of loopholes in the system.
The amendments to Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 which, once approved, will come into force from May next year.
The drugs, which were seized Oct. 23, had been concealed in bottles labeled as coconut water in a cargo shipment that arrived in Hong Kong by sea, according to a government statement.
Valbenazine capsules are indicated for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia (uncontrolled movement of body parts such as face and tongue) while Roflumilast tablets are used for reducing risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in severely affected patients associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations.
While 11,000 kg of drugs, seized by the NCB, were destroyed in Guwahati, another 8,000 kg of narcotics, seized by the Assam government agencies, were also set on fire.
Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, said China’s footprint in the maritime domain of IOR has grown manifold over the last decade, with increasing presence of its warships, research and fishing vessels apart from merchant ships.
The seized drugs include 3.62 kg heroin, 4,500 kg ganja, 150 gm opium, 145 bottles of cough syrup and 11,902 amphetamines tablets.
In relation to the September 2021 seizure of heroin valued at Rs 21,000 crore from Mundra port in Gujarat's Kutch area, a special court remanded an Afghan citizen and two other individuals to the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) 10-day custody on Saturday.
A single bench of Justice Bharati Dangre in the order passed on August 29 also noted that there was a discrepancy in the substance seized by the Narcotics Control Bureau from the accused’s residence
Meanwhile, BBC had in a statement made it clear that the footage never made it onto the air.
At the global WTO summit in June, nations had agreed on loosening the intellectual property rights regime only for vaccines and deciding on similar concessions for all other Covid-19 treatments, diagnostics or technologies six months later.
A leaked video showing Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin dancing with a group of people has been shared widely on social media and among local media.
The Centre has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards narcotics and it was showing results, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. This, he said, is necessary to achieve the objective of a healthy society and prosperous nation.
A Gujarat ATS officer said they would wait for the operation to be completed before sharing any information “but it is confirmed that there is going to be a drugs seizure in Mundra"
The government has proposed to introduce an OTC list with 16 medicines but has not described the exclusion or inclusion criteria
The two air passengers who were apprehended with the huge stash of cocaine included one Tanzanian male travelling from Cape Town to Hyderabad via Dubai on a business visa, and one lady passenger from Angola on a tourist visa; they were carrying four kilos of cocaine each.
Truemeds, which raised $22 million last month, operates from Maharashtra, where it fulfils over 100,000 orders every month. The company aims to reach 500,000 monthly orders by March 2023.
The current market size of the domestic pharmaceutical industry is around $50 billion. The share of pharmaceuticals and drugs in the global exports is 5.92 percent
For India to sustain its leadership position, it has to go big on R&D. India needs extensive collaboration between industry and academia and also the development of an innovation infrastructure, says Ananthkrishnan
Local media reports claim that the accused smuggled drugs from India and sold them in the island country recently marred by protests amid a crippling economy and crushing debt.
.Data compiled by the federal anti-narcotics agency states that the seizure of opium went up from 4,488 kg in 2019 to 5,212 kg in 2020. Similarly, the seizure of heroin (extracted from opium) shot up from 3,231 kg in 2019 to 3,838 kg in 2020, ganja (cannabis) from 3,42,045 kg to 5,81,644 kg, ephedrine (a stimulant drug) from 686 kg to 841 kg, and hashish (drug extracted from cannabis) from 3,572 kg to 6,643 kg, the recently published NCB report for the year 2020 said.
In the seizures made over the past six months, almost 33.70 kg of heroin and 12.60 kg of cocaine have been seized from international passengers, the customs department said.
A recent scheme announced for production-linked incentive scheme for bulk drugs is aimed at cutting India’s dependence on imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients from China.
Drugs and medical devices in the National List of Essential Medicines rise year-on-year price by 2-3 percent on average, but the increase may be steeper this year Common antibiotics and medicines for treating fever and blood pressure are among drugs whose prices are expected to increase steeply this year
A police official said that between November 1, 2021, and February 8, 2022, 2 lakh kg of dry ganja (cannabis) had been seized under ‘Operation Parivartan’.