Specific batches of 60 drugs, some of which have been extensively used, have failed quality tests in a sample-based screening conducted by the national drug regulatory agency Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).
Accepted medicines such as painkiller Combiflam, over-the-counter cold medication D Cold, anti-allergy drug Cetirizin and antibiotics enclosing Ciprofloxacin, Ofloxacin and Amoxycilin have been announced ‘sub-standard’ by the dictatorial authority.
These drugs feature in the catalog put up by CDSCO titled ‘Drug Alert for the Month of March’ on the agency’s website and have been tested in CDSCO’s zonal offices. Test announced the drugs as ‘Not of Standard Quality’, ‘Spurious’, ‘Adulterated’ or ‘Misbranded.’ The generally utilized painkiller Combiflam and the cold medication D Cold have been affirmed sub-standard because they failed the disintegration test.
Similarly, antibiotics Ciprofloxacin, Ofloxacin and Amoxycillin have been featured in the list due to assay. Panza-40, a medicine set for reducing stomach acid, has also made it to the record due to ‘dissolution.’ The details of all the 60 drugs which comprise their composition, manufacture and expiry date, names of manufacturers, the reasons for failure and the zonal offices where they are drawn from are mentioned on the list put up on the website.