DTAB asks Ayush to include drug controllers homoeopathy


Joseph Alexander, New Delhi

The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has approved the proposed reconstitution of a sub-committee on homoeopathic medicines to deliberate technical matters, but asked the Department of Ayush to include a couple of State Drug Controllers also in the panel.

Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, will be the chairman of the sub-committee while  deputy advisor or joint advisor for homoeopathy will be the member secretary. Director, Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory, Ghaziabad, and deputy secretary, or above level officer of Department of Ayush will be the official members.

The sub-committee will have eight non-official members. Drug analyst from Maharashtra Drug Testing Laboratory, Dr Indira Balachandran (Centre for Medicinal Plants Research, Arya Vaidyasala, Kottakal (Kerala), Vijay Kumar Kapoor (Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Allied, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar) representative of Homoeopathy Pharmacopoeia Committee, managing director of the Kerala State Co-Operative Homoeopathic Pharmacy, Kerala, chairman of Association of Homoeopathy Drug Manufacturers, head of Department of Materia Madica, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata, and  Dr V K Gupta (a homoeopathy practitioner) will be the members. [Source]