Notices to Indians who joined superbug study

Notices were issued to the Indian scientists who participated in the Superbug study even as government set up a task force to formulate a national policy on use of antibiotics.

Updated: Sep 04, 2010, 00:12 AM IST

New Delhi: Notices were issued to the Indian
scientists who participated in the Superbug study even as
government set up a task force to formulate a national policy
on use of antibiotics in the wake of the controversial claim
that a new multidrug-resistant bacteria originated from India.

Health Secretary Sujatha Rao said the Drug Controller
General of India has issued notices to the Indian scientists
who participated in the study as it was a breach of protocol
to send any biological material for research purposes outside
India.

"There is a screening committee of the Indian Council
for Medical Research (ICMR) for any such experiments outside
India," she said adding "there is a procedure, we have to be
very careful".

"The scientists have unofficially told us that they were
not aware of the protocol but an official reply is still
awaited," she added.

The task force which has former ICMR Director N K Ganguly
among its members will submit the report within six months.

India had described as totally irrational the claims that
the bug originated in India and objected to naming of it as
the `New Delhi Metallo- 1`.

The Health Ministry had came out with a hard-hitting
statement after a paper published in scientific journal
`Lancet`, said the new superbug, which is said to be resistant
even to most powerful antibiotics, had entered UK hospitals
and is travelling with patients who had gone to countries like
India and Pakistan for surgical treatments.

Government said it has set
up a task force to formulate a national policy on the use of
antibiotics.

The task force which has former ICMR Director N K Ganguly
among its members will submit the report within six months,
Rao said.

-PTI