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16 Ayurvedic drug companies lose manufacturing licence

SHIMLA (TOI): Acting tough against drug manufacturing companies failing to comply with the set norms after obtaining licences, Himachal Pradesh ayurvedic department has cancelled licences of 16 units in the state. All these companies were issued prior notices but they had failed to respond.

Himachal Pradesh has become a drug manufacturing hub in the country with all major brands running their units from Solan and Sirmaur districts. According to an estimate, the state caters to around 30% demand in the domestic market.

According to sources, many of the companies whose licenses were cancelled never bothered to start manufacturing drugs despite obtaining the license, while others never approached the department for renewal of their license after its expiry. Majority of the ayurvedic drug manufacturing units against whom action has been initiated are located in Solan and Sirmaur districts.

Functioning of allopathic drug manufacturing units in the state has also come under the scanner since the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) raided some companies at Baddi and Paonta Sahib area of the state.

Director (ayurveda) P S Draik said that action has been initiated against the companies in routine exercise after finding these companies violating the norms. He said 16 licences have been cancelled while others too are being checked.

Himachal Pradesh has 65 units manufacturing ayurvedic medicines, of which 162 are in private sector while three are in the government sector. Most of them are located in Solan, Sirmaur and Kangra districts.



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