The All India Drugs Control Officers' Confederation (AIDCOC) has taken objection to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO)'s move to directly inform the manufacturers for inspection of their sites without intimating or consulting the state drug controllers.
Recently, the joint drugs controller of CDSCO has directly informed the manufacturers in different state that their sites were selected for inspection and CDSCO officers will visit the sites on particular date with state Drug Control Administration (DCA) officers. The copy of letter has been marked to the state drug controller but many have not received any intimation.
The AIDCOC is upset by the distrust shown for the state drugs controllers by CDSCO and will soon write a letter to the secretary of health ministry, informing about the issue as well as urging for action at the earliest.
S W Despande, director general of AIDCOC, says, “While arranging such programmes state drugs controllers are not consulted and are not taken into confidence. AIDCOC takes strong exception to this practice. Licensing and implementation are responsibility of the state, therefore if CDSCO wants to arrange such programme then it must consult state drug controllers. Every time there is a problem, CDSCO is quick in saying that this is state responsibility. AIDCOC had decided to strongly object and bring this to the notice of health secretary.”
The confederation believes that the state drug controllers must be intimated and informed first if the CDSCO is planning to inspect the companies of the particular state. Without taking the state drug controllers in confidence for such programme will only create a problem between the CDSCO and state drug controllers.
The AIDCOC was formed with an aim to achieve professional excellence through continuous training, better coordination amongst the drugs control officers and more interaction with fellow pharmacists to establish the pharmacist and regulatory officers as vital link in the chain of healthcare delivery.