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Centre firm on decision to ban 344 drugs

Health Ministry has maintained a strong stand and said that it will produce all relevant data to support its decision

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Publish Date: Mar 17 2016 2:52PM | Updated Date: Mar 18 2016 12:05PM

Centre firm on decision to ban 344 drugs

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In the middle of pressure and court cases against ban on 344 drugs, health ministry has maintained a strong stand and said that it will produce all relevant data and studies to support its decision.
 
According to a report that appeared in ‘The Times of India’, the ministry said there is no chance any roll back as of now and added that step is aimed at saving over 20 lakh lives susceptible to drug resistance.
 
It quoted a senior official in the ministry as saying that government had deliberated on matter for long time and followed a process for mre than four years.
 
Drug making companies were given a fair chance and the government stand firm on decision and will support it with data in the court,"he added.
 
Underlining that the ban on irrational fixed dose combinations (FDCs) was important to tackle anti-microbial resistance, he said Centre s committed to make sure that only safe products are available in the market.
 
According to WHO, 53 percent patients in country use antibiotics without doctor’s prescription.