Mysore: Former president A P J Abdul Kalam
today made an impassioned plea for weeding out spurious drugs
and said pharmacy education has an important role to play in
equipping the students with knowledge and ability to prevent
the entry of unauthorised drugs into circulation.
Delivering the first convocation address of the JSS
University here, he said there was a perception that a number
of pharmaceutical products sold in India were "counterfeit" or
of a substandard quality and that these drugs were generally
made by unscrupulous elements and supplied surreptitiously to
chemist shops through illegal channels.
The Central and state governments should ensure that the
Drugs and Cosmetics Act was properly enforced to check this
nefarious practice, Kalam said.
Placing before the Post-Graduate students of Pharmacy the
"Pharma Vision 2020", he said by 2020 the Pharma Industry in
India should set a target of increasing its turnover from the
present USD 17 billion of generics for domestic and export
markets to USD 100 billion.
He pointed out that global production of pharmaceuticals,
branded and generics put together was of the order of USD 773
billion. As much as 40 per cent of the generic drugs used in
USA was outsourced from India.
India, Kalam said, should emerge as the leader for low
cost vaccines for HIV, Cancer and Malaria.