With an aim to improve the quality of Indian drugs, Health Minister J P Nadda laid the foundation stone of an advanced research centre at Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission in Ghaziabad. “Laid foundation stone of ‘Advanced Research Centre’ at Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission in Ghaziabad today. The new facility will go a long way in improving quality of Indian drugs,” Nadda said in a post on the microblogging website, Twitter.
“The Centre has made provision of Rs 1750 cr for improving drug regulatory mechanism,” he said in a another tweet. During the ceremony, the Union Minister said India is excelling in the field of pharmaceuticals and is exporting good quality medicines at cheaper rates to Africa and several other countries where it is in competition against European and US based companies.
He further said the Centre is going to ease the conditions of patent law which will help drug manufacturing units in getting their formulations patented without hassle. He also interacted with the representatives of the pharma industry on the occasion. “Interacted on the sidelines of this event with representatives from Pharma industry. Assured them of Health Ministry’s support to resolve pending issues in time bound manner,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, on World Diabetes Day Nadda noted that a healthy lifestyle is crucial to meet the challenge of the disease. “A healthy lifestyle is key to meet the challenge of Diabetes. Yoga can be helpful in preventing as well as managing diabetes,” the Union Minister tweeted. “Let us pledge ourselves to a better and healthy lifestyle from today itself,” he said in another tweet.
After the ceremony Union Minister V K Singh said that Ghaziabad will be developed as a pharmaceutical hub in coordination with other ministries. He also said the research lab should be constructed using state of the art technology with provisions for rainwater harvesting, solar energy and effluent treatment plant as Ghaziabad is included in the initial list of 13 cities of Uttar Pradesh shortlisted under Centre’s smart city scheme.
A portal for online licensing system was also inaugurated by the health minister to ease procedures for upcoming pharmaceutical units. Padma Shri awardee Dr Nityananda was also honoured on the occasion for his research on various drugs.