Dr. Mira Shiva,
A-60, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi. India
Tel: +91 (0)11-26855010, +91 (0)9810582028.

Mr. S.Srinivasan,
LOCOST (Low Cost Standard Therapeutics),
Vadodara, Gujarat
Tel: +91 (0)265-2340223/2333438.

Dr. Gopal Dabade,
57, Tejaswinagar,
Dharwad 580002. Karnataka
Tel: +91 (0)836-2461722, +91 (0)9448862270.

Ms. Malini Aisola
New Delhi
Tel: +91 7838381185


4 responses to “Contact

  1. Use of certain drugs at the community level

    In our country, the manufacture and import, sale and export, distribution and usage of drugs is regulated by Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 which is a central act.
    This act is very restrictive from the viewpoint of users of drugs and community health activists and facilitators. (There are non-drug interventions but drugs are required at times.) Schedule K of the act maintains a list of the drugs exempted from regulations, but this schedule needs thorough overhauling.

    There is absolutely no provision allowing either end-users or community volunteers of NGOs to distribute or sell legally manufactured and legally procured drugs like –

    Standard Nutrients – Iron and Folic Acid, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium preparations, B complex group vitamins etc.

    Standard Analgesic and Antipyretic – Paracetamol

    Standard Anthelmintic – Albendazole

    Standard Antimalarial – Chloroquin

    Standard Antibacterial – Cotrimoxazole / Amoxycillin

    Standard Antifungal – Clotrimazole

    Standard Antiprotozoal and Antibacterial – Metronidazole

    Standard Antiseptic – Povidone

    Standard Oral contraceptive pills

    Some of these drugs are in Schedule K and are exempted from sale licence when used by All Govt. Health Worker Cadres including ICDS, Community Health Volunteers in Rural Health Scheme. But there is no provision for distribution by NGO workers or end-users.

    In this country, tobacco and such other hazardous products are manufactured and sold almost freely and whatever restrictions are there, these are generally ineffective. We know that legal stipulations related to the said and even other drugs are also violated many a time. Law-abiding voluntary organizations do not prefer to violate statutes.

    There must be provisions in the Act for proper distribution and usage of at least the time-tested and not-so-risky drugs by NGOs. (Above cited list is neither complete nor exhaustive.) The Act may spell out criteria regarding training and even testing for eligibility for such permission. The system may even monitor the implementation to maintain vigil.

    Such a provision would be immensely useful in many unserved and underserved areas of our country and in general. The first aid capacities in both public and private places and even in house holds would get strengthened as a result of such provision. Even the school curricula may include usage of certain drugs as part of health education and first aid education.

    I request colleagues to discuss this issue.

    The discussion may help evolve the subject and even a demand paper. The later can be submitted to authorities by advocacy networks to have some desirable results. Thanks.

    Dr. Viren S. Doshi, MBBS

  2. Sudesh D Sukthankar

    I wanted to know the present stsus of Pentavalent Vaccine which was suspended by the Central Govt. due to side effects.
    I will be very much obliged if you could provide me a copy of the said curcular

  3. Dnyaaneshwar Sitaram Nagpure

    generic Medicine shop open
    please gide me

    in Hindi or Marathi Language

  4. NPPA has come out on its web site on 11th June, 2013 with Price increase for the formulations for companies despite the fact that New DPCO 2013 was notified 15 May, 2013. NPPA has gone out of way to increase the prices , under the rescinded DPCO1995 , of analgesic drug Ibuprofen formulations, anti malarial Quiniodochlor, antibiotic ERYTHROMYCIN , anti giardiasis Metronidazole, and anti TB drugs containing Rifampicin. NPPA has not spared even the Insulin for diabetic patients. This action of NPPA is going to help these companies in maintaining the high prices as frozen under the new DPCO 2013. AIDAN should take up this in its pending case before the Supreme Court.

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