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Can a regulatory revamp restore the shine of the ‘pharmacy of the world’ sullied by flaws?

Concept by Vikas Dandekar and Muhabit ul haq


India’s pharmaceutical industry is globally recognized for supplying low-priced drugs and vaccines. But often that reputation is sullied when companies cut corners or ship drugs that fail stringent quality tests. India’s regulatory agencies — which function with a flawed dual central and state structure — are blamed for being corrupt and complicit in such activities. Can a regulatory overhaul change this?

Ever since the pandemic broke out, the sage advice to ‘seize the opportunity in a crisis’ has got a life of its own. It appears to have even shaken up India’s pharma and healthcare authorities to flag off an overhaul of regulations that trace their origin to 1940. However, if indeed a robust regulatory framework is to be built, seriousness of intent would be the most critical element. The health ministry has taken the first step in that

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