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NIS soon to open drug manufacturing facility at its campus at Tambaram near Chennai

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Friday, January 14, 2022, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The National Institute of Siddha (NIS) at Tambaram near Chennai will soon open a Siddha drug manufacturing unit within the premises of the institute. The work for the production plant is about to be completed.
In the initial stage, a small facility will be opened for manufacturing 15 essential medicines aimed to address viral diseases and Covid related symptoms. It will start operation very shortly.
However, the institute is waiting for the approval of the Central government for the project for developing the infrastructural facilities and expansion of the plant with installation of modern machinery, sources from NIS informed Pharmabiz.

NIS aims to manufacture all kinds of medicines as per the Siddha pharmacopeia and use them for therapeutic purposes at the hospital. Currently, medicines are bought from either Impcops or from Tampcol, a senior officer at the institute said.  

“The students of the institute must know the basic principles and practices of medicine manufacture. If one manufacturing plant is established in the campus, apart from production of classical drugs, the students can learn about manufacturing of drugs, procurement of raw materials, understand the various processes involved and acquire experience through interaction with various departments such as laboratory, technical wing, marketing section, packaging, distribution, etc. A small facility will be formally inaugurated very shortly,” sources said.
Machinery for the production unit has been set up but infrastructure development work has to be finished. Grinder machine, pulverizer, powder mixer, granulator, tablet compression machine, pill cutting machine, stainless steel trays, containers for storage, capsule filling machine, crimping machine, ointment mixer, liquid filling machine, fermentation tank etc have been bought for the plant. The total budget is Rs. 25 crore and the Union Ministry of Ayush is funding stage by stage.

Meanwhile, the IP ward at the hospital has been converted into 100 bedded Siddha Covid Care Centre (CCC) for the third wave and its inauguration will be done by the state health minister Ma Subrahmanian on Saturday, January 15. Last year also the IP ward was converted into siddha CCC, but during the first wave in 2020, no separate care centre was set up as Covid patients were completely under the control of the state health department. Medicines are supplied to the patients according to the guidelines of the Ayush ministry.
As part of the global Surya Namaskar demonstration on Makarasankrati, NIS will hold a surya namaskar demonstration on the morning of Friday, January 14. It is held as per the direction of the Central Ayush Ministry.


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