Updated on 24 July 2013
For the very first time, the Indian government would be revoking a ban on a popular drug in the country in merely a month after the drug was banned
New Delhi: A month after the Indian government banned the popular anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone, it is now planning to revoke the suspension order. This is for the first time that a government would revoke a ban on a drug in the country.
The decision came as a conclusion to a meeting of the government's highest advisory body on drugs, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) that faced strong opposition from the industry as well as the medical fraternity that pointed out the need of the drugs for the country's patients.
The board has however instructed pharmaceutical companies selling the drug to carry a box warning indicating the possible risk of bladder cancer.
"DTAB has endorsed the suggestions made by a panel of experts. The proposal has been sent to the health ministry for vetting and the notification revoking the suspension of manufacturing of the drug is expected very soon," a senior government official told mediapersons.
The Indian government had suspended manufacturing and sale of pioglitazone in the country last month after a medical professional from south-Indian state Chennai wrote to the country's prime minister about the risks attached to the drug.