The Dehi High Court has quashed the ban of over 300 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) announced by the Indian government in March this year. This has left health activists and other drug safety proponents sorely disappointed. The Union Ministry of Health's decision to ban what it termed "irrational" drug combinations - drugs that either need … Continue reading #FDCban : No consolation prizes being awarded here
I've been quite vocal in my views about the ban on fixed dose combinations on Twitter. So here's a selection of my key tweets (and some retweets) on the subject. Good way to get a quick summary of the subject while I hem and haw over a longer article (if it ever gets written). Latest … Continue reading The ban on fixed dose combinations : Quick take #FDCban
The Indian Express edit page today carries a column I wrote on fixed dose combinations (FDCs) post the Lancet article. For the record, the Lancet shone the light on a plethora of FDCs of the diabetes drug metformin with others that, they believe, have no rationale to be on the market. I have used the … Continue reading Here I go again. My column on fixed dose combos for the Indian Express #pharma #safety
Come September 30, a new deadline that the Indian drugs regulator, Drugs Controller General of India, has set for state food and drug administrations to produce safety and efficacy data on scores of marketed fixed dose combinations - two or more molecules combined in specific ratios - from manufacturers, will lapse. This is the latest effort by the DCGI to weed out … Continue reading Can Indian regulator “fix” drug combos?