Delhi HC sets aside Centre’s decision to ban FDC medicines
NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court today set aside the Centre’s decision to ban 344 fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines. The court, while allowing 454 pleas of pharma majors, said, the Centre went about in haphazard manner while banning 344 FDCs.
It said, the government took the decision without following procedure prescribed under the statute.The government had, in March, banned 344 FDC drugs, which extended to about 6,000 brands.
The petitions had questioned the validity of the ban. During the hearings, the Centre had said the ban was in public interest as the combination drugs were not safe and have been banned in several countries.
The court had reserved its verdict in the case on the 2nd of June.