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Kidney Damage: Drug controller bans Voveran injection

Kidney Damage: Drug controller bans Voveran injection

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) further ordered for the withdrawal of the drug’s stock from the market.

New Delhi: India’s drug regulator has enforced a ban on the manufacture and sale of painkiller injection, Diclofenac, marketed by Novartis India Ltd, after a Health Ministry panel raised concerns over the medicine’s impact on health.

Medical dialogues had earlier reported that a panel from health ministry has raised concerns over the safety of diclofenac injection. The panel was responding to the allegations raised a by Gujarat based Pharma Company on the safety of the Novartis Drug

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“The DGCI ordered for the cancellation of the manufacturing license granted to Themis Medicare for Diclofenac sodium injection 75 mg/ml, containing Transcutol-P …on July 4,” a government official said.

The drug controller general of India (DCGI) further ordered for the withdrawal of the drug’s stock from the market.

The order came as a shot in the arm for Troikaa Pharmaceuticals Ltd, based in Gujarat, which had claimed that the diclofenac sodium 75mg/ml injection contained Transcutol-P which caused damage to the kidneys.

Diclofenac injection was marketed by Novartis under the brand name Voveran 1ml.

Following allegations by Troikaa, which had approached the Health Ministry to stop the injection’s sales, the government had formed a panel to review its safety in 2015. The panel submitted a report favouring Troikaa.

A second committee was formed after Novartis moved the Health Ministry which gave a clean chit to the company prompting Troikaa to approach the Delhi High Court in 2016.

“A third committee was then formed under Girish Sahni, director general, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in May last year which in its report, submitted in December, backed the claims made by Troikaa,” the official said.

The DCGI has directed the state drug controller in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, and the drug licensing authority of Daman and Diu to cancel the license granted to M/s Themis Medicare to manufacture for sale of Diclofenac injection 75 mg/ml containing Transcutol-P, the official said.

Source: With Agency Inputs
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    Brig (Dr) C M Adya July 14, 2018, 8:46 am

    Is the ban on brand Voveran containing Transcutol-P? Or the order pertains to ban on diclofenac? This needs clarification.