New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel today dubbed as "skewed" the priorities and perceptions of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and held them responsible for most ills besetting the drugs regulation in the country. Slamming the Drugs Control Organisation (CDSCO) for failing to serve the interests of the consumer, the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare held that it was taking care of the drugs industry instead. "The Committee is 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 CDSCO. "For decades together, it has been according primacy to the propagation and facilitation of the drugs industry, due to which, unfortunately, the interest of the biggest stakeholder i.e. The consumer has never been ensured. "Taking strong exception to the continued neglect of the poor and hapless patient, the Committee recommends that the Mission Statement of CDSCO be formulated forthwith to convey in very unambiguous terms that the organisation is solely meant for public health," the Committee held.The panel also raised strong objections to the qualifications and powers of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) and asked the government to take immediate measures to esnure that the CDSCO is headed by an eminent and professionally qualified person. With rapid progress in pharmaceutical industry, the Committee held "there is urgent need to revise the qualifications and experience as minimum eligibility criteria for appointment as DCGI". "The Committee is of the view that it is not very rational to give powers to a graduate in pharmacy who does not have any clinical or research experience to decide the kinds of drugs that can be prescribed by super specialists in clinical medicine such as those holding DM and PhD qualifications and vast experience in the practice of medicine and even research," the panel said.
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