Panel under drug regulator to ban cocktail med, codeine-based cough syrup to meet soon
News18.com has learned that the apex panel under India’s drug regulatory body is set to decide the fate of cocktail drugs, including codeine-based cough syrups, soon.
The panel – the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) – is expected to meet on September 26 to take a final decision on selected fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs.
In total, the Central Drugs Standard and Control Organization (CDSCO) compiled a list of 19 FDCs that were deemed “irrational combinations”. The list has been reviewed by an expert committee constituted under the chairmanship of Dr MS Bhatia, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University College of Medical Sciences.
Medicines such as Sumo, D’Cold Total, Tedicoff, Tossex, Ascoril, Codistar, Dolo Cold, Piritone and Saridone are part of the list of 19 cocktail drug formulations.
Apart from cocktail drugs, the central government is focusing on eliminating codeine based drugs from the market.
A government official with knowledge of the development told News18.com, “The DTAB committee meeting is scheduled to begin on Monday to begin discussions on FDC drugs, including codeine-based formulations.”
“The availability of all the panel members has been checked and finalised. Deciding the fate of the FDC is one of the most important decisions pending from the drug regulator’s office.”
To put things in perspective, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) VG Somani was given two major assignments while the Center recently extended his tenure by three months.
DCGI has been asked to complete two projects in the coming months – irrational cocktail drugs and a phased ban on codeine based drugs.
Focus on banning codeine based drugs
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is reviewing a policy to ban the manufacture and sale of codeine-based cough syrups after several Members of Parliament expressed concern that they were being used as narcotic drugs instead of drugs.
Codeine is an opioid-based analgesic, mostly used to treat cough, pain, and diarrhea, and is one of the natural plants found in opium extracts.
Based on requests by several politicians to ban the cough syrup from Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, a copy of which was accessed by News18.com, the health ministry in March asked the DCGI to “take a review and submit a recommendation”. was.
Recently, the DCGI submitted its review to the health ministry, where it suggested removal of five FDCs from the sanctions list and banning the remaining 14 formulations subject to certain conditions.
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