Medicine Labels in Regional Language

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that in order to curb fake, sub-standard and expired drugs drug names and expiry date during tendering will be in Hindi/regional language along with English.

In the beginning, the proposal will be implemented for Iron tablets and polio drops as they are the drugs most commonly administered to children at government centres. The Health Ministry has stated that if the rollout is successful and the feedback encouraging, then the proposal could be extended to other medicines.

The government has taken the step to ensure that those seeking drugs under government schemes have access to all the requisite information about them. The decision to incorporate regional languages was taken as per the advisory of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).

Drugs Technical Advisory Board

Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) is the highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in the country. It is constituted as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It is part of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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