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CRI allowed to dispose of vaccine stock

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  • Omesh Bharti
    Central Licensing Approving Authority has finally granted permission to Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, to dispose-off its stocks of vaccines,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 16, 2010
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      Central Licensing Approving Authority has finally granted permission to Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, to dispose-off its stocks of vaccines, venom, serums and raw materials lying unused for two years.
      In May last year, the Drug Department had asked CRI to stop producing the medicines, which it said, were being made in violation of Goods Manufacturing Practices norms of World Health Organisation. Central Drug Authority had already suspended CRI's manufacturing licence in January last year.
      Despite that, CRI continued producing and supplying medicines to state governments and health institutions across the country.
      Central Drug Authority had first ordered the suspension of production of Japanese Encephalitis and anti-rabies vaccines in 2004 after CRI failed to fulfill GMP norms.
      Sources in the CRI said that after discontinuation of the production and related operations and suspension of all supply orders, huge quantities of vaccines, including those of yellow fever and DPT vaccines, anti-snake venom, anti-rabies serum and raw material worth crores of rupees were lying unused in the stores. The decision to grant disposal of the stock was taken after CRI appealed against the drug licence suspension order.
      In a letter to CRI (a copy of which is with HT), Sanjay Parsad, director of Central Licensing Approving Authority, had ordered, "And now the Central Government in exercise of its powers under sub rule (3 of rule 85 of Drug and Cosmetics Rule 1945) here by orders revocation of suspension of the licence with immediate effect only for the purpose of disposal of the existing stocks of both finished products as well as raw material."
      It further read: "The licensee institute shall ensure that the prior approval of the competent authority is obtained to the effect that the finished products and the raw material for preparation of vaccines are fit for human consumption".
      The order has brought relief to CRI since the licence suspension had not only caused a loss to the tune of crores of rupees but also rendered hundreds employees without work.
      CRI employee union has hailed the decision and urged the Centre to revoke the drug licence. Joint Secretary of the union T.C. Dhiman said the permission for the disposal of the existing stock had been granted after the union took up the issue with Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.


      Dr. Omesh Kumar Bharti
      M.B.B.S.,D.H.M.,M.A.E.(Epidemiology)

      Directorate of Health Safety and Regulation,

      Himachal Pradesh
      +91-9418120302

      bhartiomesh@...; bhartiomesh@...

       

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