Odisha bans sale of 328 FDC drugs within 7 days

Bhubaneswar: Following the ban on 328 Fixed-Dose Combination (FDC) drugs by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Odisha government today prohibited the sale of the notified drugs within seven days.

The Directorate of Drug Control, Odisha has issued orders to the drug inspectors to ensure immediate removal of these drugs from the stocks. The inspectors have also been directed to report the amount of FDC drugs held by the stock holders and take an undertaking from them to withdraw the rest.

The FDC drugs, which are made with combination of individual drugs, have been considered as detrimental to health and were banned by the Centre with immediate effect from September 13 following recommendations from Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).

Drugs Controller (Administration), Mamina Patnaik, said, “All drug inspectors have been instructed to implement the directive. Utkal Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations (UPMA) and other drug associations have also been instructed to stop the sale of these banned FDC drugs.”

On the other hand, President of Bhubaneswar Medicine Retail Forum, Pragati Mohanty, said druggist and pharmacist will definitely follow the order, but they should be given more time.

Drug experts have opined that sudden use of individual drugs in place of FDC drugs will benefit the users, but will increase its price.

Medical practitioner Pragyan Routray said, “This decision will help in the long run, as the right medicine will be available in the correct quantity. Also, the antibiotic resistance on the body will go down. Overall, this is a good strategy but the patients might have to pay more for these individual drugs.”