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Centre for quality checks on Ayurvedic drugs

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the inaugural function of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo 2014 (Health Mela on AYUSH) at Pragati Maidan in Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the inaugural function of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo 2014 (Health Mela on AYUSH) at Pragati Maidan in Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Central Government is working towards setting up a separate Central Drug Controller for traditional medicines to ensure quality in production standards. This was announced by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Thursday while inaugurating the first “Arogya Expo”, which started in the Capital.

The Expo is organised by the Ministry’s AYUSH Department as part of the World Ayurveda Congress.

The Minister added that “it is a pity that India’s experience and strengths in traditional medicine have not translated into market shares in the global traditional medicines market”.

“Call it whatever — Ayurvedic medicines or herbal medicines or traditional medicines — the global market is estimated at about $100 billion today. India’s share in this is negligible because quality standards are not maintained to international specifications. The government has decided to address this lacuna,” he said.

The institutionalisation of a regulatory authority backed up by Central and State laboratories would ensure for traditional and indigenous medicine pride of place in mainstream healthcare, the Health Minister said.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said with the launch of the National AYUSH Mission, the government will focus on building up brand value for Ayurvedic drugs.

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