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Medicine labels in regional languages proposed

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Aiming to curb fake and expired drugs Medicine labels to be issued in regional language.

According to sources in Union Health Ministry these steps have been initiated to counter fake, sub-standard and expired drugs. Hindi and regional language will be used in the tendering process. Drug names and expiry date during tendering will be in Hindi/regional language too for — polio drop and Iron tablets — procured for children under the government programmes. The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) recently recommended that government procurement agencies should take necessary steps in the tendering process to include the regional language, along with English, on the label of iron tablets and polio drops in government programmes. An advisory may be issued by the government. Also a sub-committee may co-opt the representatives from the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and Indian Pharmaceutical Association for further deliberations on the overall issues related to labelling requirements of drugs.

Since last year, the government has been working on ensuring the most stringent quality control for both the products which directly affect almost all the children born in India.

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