Updated on 17 August 2012
3."Orphan drug status in Europe and US". We ask - How can this be possible as there is no provision in Indian laws to give special treatment to foreign drugs.
Moreover, the committee also made many observations on the reasons provided by the CDSCO for its functioning. In response to the DCGI granting approvals without phase III trials, the committee said that on an average, DCGI is approving one drug every month without trials. This cannot be in public interest by any stretch of imagination.
In response to the identical letters of recommendation for approval of drugs being submitted as expert opinions, the committee observed that, there is sufficient evidence on record to conclude that there is collusive nexus between drug manufacturers, some functionaries of CDSCO and some medical experts.
The maximum expert opinions that were being sought by CDSCO or DTAB were located in Delhi. In response to this the committee wondered why expertise on drugs was confined to Delhi.
The committee was of the firm opinion that most of the ills besetting the system of drugs regulation in India are mainly due to the skewed priorities and perceptions of the CDSCO. For several decades it has been according primacy to the propagation and facilitation of the drugs industry, due to which, unfortunately, the interest of the biggest stakeholder (the consumer) has never been ensured, observed the parliamentary standing committee.