“Concerns Rise as Medicines Fail Standards in Himachal Pradesh”

“Concerns Rise as Medicines Fail Standards in Himachal Pradesh”

Once again, medicines produced in Himachal Pradesh have failed to meet standards, with samples from both the state and across the nation showing deficiencies. In January alone, samples from the state’s industries failed, along with 46 drugs from across the country. Among the 14 drugs from Himachal Pradesh that failed, three were from Sirmaur, one from Kangra, and ten from Solan district. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization highlighted these discrepancies in its January drug alert. The failed drugs encompass a range of ailments, including skin infections, bacterial infections, appetite stimulants, allergies, irregular uterine bleeding, anemia, acidity, allergy, sugar, and pain relief. A total of 932 drug samples were collected nationwide in January, with 886 passing and 46 failing.

The failure of these drugs raises serious concerns about public health and safety. Medicines that do not meet quality standards can have detrimental effects on patients, potentially exacerbating their health conditions or leading to adverse reactions. The presence of substandard or counterfeit drugs in the market undermines trust in the healthcare system and poses significant risks to public health. It is imperative that stringent quality control measures are enforced throughout the drug manufacturing process to ensure that only safe and effective medications reach consumers.


List of failed drugs from Himachal Pradesh:

  1. Clindamycin (skin infection) and Amikacin Selvamat (bacterial infection) manufactured by Sunvet Healthcare, Paonta Sahib
  2. Cyproheptadine Tricholine Citrate (appetite stimulant) manufactured by Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Baddi
  3. Moxifloxacin (allergy) manufactured by G Lab Pvt. Ltd., Paonta Sahib
  4. Tranexamic Acid and Mefenamic Acid (irregular uterine bleeding) manufactured by DM Pharma, Baddi
  5. Folic Acid (anemia) manufactured by Angel Pharma, Malakpur Majra
  6. Pantaprozole (acidity) manufactured by Halera Lab
  7. Levocetirizine (allergy) manufactured by Hiller Lab
  8. Glimepiride, Metformin Pioglitazone (sugar) manufactured by Magnatech
  9. Pantaprozole (acidity) manufactured by Sashri Ram Health Care, Jharmajri
  10. Montelukast Levocetirizine (allergy) manufactured by Forgo Pharmaceuticals, Barotiwala
  11. Montelukast (skin allergy) manufactured by ASPO, Bhatoli Kalan, Baddi
  12. Levocetirizine (allergy) manufactured by Rachil Pharma, Kangra district
  13. Diclofenac (pain) manufactured by Angel Life Sciences, Malakpur Majra, Baddi

This is a serious issue that raises concerns about the quality of drugs being manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. The state government must take immediate action to investigate the matter and ensure that all drugs manufactured in the state meet the required quality standards.


The health authorities and regulatory bodies need to take immediate and decisive action to address the issue of substandard drugs. This includes conducting thorough investigations into the manufacturing practices of the companies responsible for producing these failed drugs and implementing measures to improve compliance with quality standards. Additionally, there should be increased oversight and monitoring of the pharmaceutical industry to prevent the proliferation of substandard medications in the market.

Moreover, there is a need for greater awareness among healthcare professionals and the general public about the risks associated with substandard drugs. Healthcare providers should be vigilant in prescribing and dispensing medications, ensuring that they only recommend products from reputable manufacturers with a proven track record of quality and safety. Patients, on their part, should be cautious when purchasing medications and always verify the authenticity and quality of the drugs they consume.

Overall, the failure of medicines to meet quality standards in Himachal Pradesh underscores the urgent need for comprehensive reforms in the pharmaceutical sector. Ensuring the availability of safe and effective medications is essential for safeguarding public health and promoting the well-being of the population. It is imperative that all stakeholders work together to address this critical issue and uphold the highest standards of quality and safety in healthcare.

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