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Centre to part finance new drug testing lab costing Rs. 45 cr at Vadodara in Gujarat

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Gujarat is likely to get a state of the art drug testing lab at Vadodara with financial support from the Central and State government. This will increase the capacity of testing samples from around 2,500 samples to 13,000 samples in a month's time.   

The project which is worth Rs. 45 crore will get 75 % funds from the Centre and rest 25% from the state government. At present, Vadodara lab is testing the highest number of samples in the country, according to a senior official associated with the development.

Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA)-Vadodara based drug testing lab had tested the maximum number of 6,025 drug samples as part of a pan India spurious drugs survey which concluded last year to assess for the first time complete testing of not-of- standard quality (NSQ) drugs as per Indian pharmacopoeia and other pharmacopoeias.

This was followed by Central Drug Testing Lab (CDTL) Hyderabad which tested 5,461samples, CDTL Mumbai which tested 5,418 samples, CDTL Chennai which tested 5,257samples, CDTL Bengaluru which tested 2,033 samples and Maharashtra which tested 186 samples. The survey was done in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata and Hyderabad and National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO). Central Drug Testing Labs (CDTL) in Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati, state drugs testing labs at Gujarat, Karnataka Maharashtra and a lab at Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), Ghaziabad are part of testing and analysis.

As part of strengthening lab infrastructure in the state, the state government is also likely to set up a drug testing lab in the Northern part of Gujarat at Patan with help from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

Gujarat has been leading in the country in terms of collection and analysis of drug samples as part of its ongoing crackdown on spurious drugs through its post-marketing surveillance programme. FDCA officers collected 11,300 samples in 2014-15 and 9,713 samples in 2013-14.

Further, Gujarat FDCA through its ongoing random sampling surveys at retail and wholesale stores, hospitals and manufacturing sites consolidated on a yearly basis across the state registered a collection of 13,540 samples last year which is the highest in the country.

This is followed by states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Himanchal Pradesh.

 

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