Drugs and Cosmetics Act Current Affairs - 2020

GoI decides against including Itolizumab in treating COVID-19

The National Task Force on COVID-19 recently decided against using Itolizumab in clinical management protocols. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had earlier approved for “restricted emergency use” of the drug. Highlights Itolizumab is used to treat psoriasis. It was recently approved for the treatment of cytokine release syndrome in ‘moderate’ to ‘severe’ acute Read More…

Medical Devices now to be regulated under Drugs and Cosmetics Act

On February 11, 2020, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that medical devices are to be brought under Drugs and Cosmetics act (DCA). This is to come into effect from April 1, 2020 Highlights According to the regulation, every product that is used to treat a patient will now be under the ambit of Read More…

NITI Aayog: List of high export potential medical devices created

The Government Think Tank Niti Aayog draws up list of medical devices that have high export potential. It has come up with 10 devices to provide priority subsidies. It includes surgical blades, orthopaedic implants, catheters, syringes and needles, X-ray machines, blood bags, MRI machines and CT scan. Highlights The devices included in the list are Read More…

Afghanistan becomes first country to recognize Indian Pharmacopoeia

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has become the first country to recognize Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) pursuant to the efforts of Department of Commerce and Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The formal recognistion came from Afghanistan’s National Department of Regulation of Medicines and Health Products of Ministry of Public Health. It will also be Read More…

Cabinet approves MoU between CDSCO and Saudi FDA

Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and Saudi Food and Drug Authority in field of Medical Products Regulation. The MoU was signed on 29 October 2019 during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Highlights of Read More…