Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Mar 05, 2014, 02:26 PM IST
New Delhi: Common drugs like paracetamol, Needin SR 20 and Angizaar 50 have failed government tests and have been declared 'not of standard quality' by the Health Ministry's Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Recently, at least 32 medicines sold in hospitals and chemist shops across India have failed government test, says a report in Mail Today.
Minstry has put several medicines on high alert. The drug commonly used for headaches and other minor pains, which is manufactured by a Chennai-based company, has failed the government test. Similarly, Needin SR 20, which is used to control blood pressure, and RONFLOX, an antibiotic manufactured by a company in Himachal Pradesh, have been found lacking, reports Mail Today.
Drug controllers of the states concerned have been informed to stop distribution of sub-standard drugs and to take action against the manufactures under the drugs and cosmetics Act, 1940.
This is a startling revelation as it points finger at the manufacturers of the drug. This is different from the counterfeit drugs as in this case the drug produced by the manufacturer failed to meet the quality check.
Apart from this, fake drugs have already flooded Indian markets. Counterfeit drugs in local areas easily get sold if big margins are offered to the chemists. Since, many people don't take receipt for the medicines purchased; fake drugs manage to reach consumers unchecked.