Drugs Technical Advisory Board Current Affairs - 2020
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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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The government has notified the following eight medical equipments as Drugs after consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board:
- All implantable devices.
- CT scan.
- PET equipment.
- MRI equipment.
- Dialysis machines.
- Bone marrow separators.
- X-ray machine.
The notification has been made under Section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, with effect from April 1, 2020. The notification brings all the implantable and diagnostic devices will come under the regulatory framework. This is a big step forward as the majority of the medical devices were unregulated in India.
Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB)
DTAB is the highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in India. It was constituted under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. DTAB is part of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.