Source: LiveMint.com, Nov 29, 2018
Drug pharma companies may not be able to repeat the same trade names for different drugs, after changes to rules aimed at helping consumers avoid confusion. The central drug regulatory authority is likely to amend the drugs and cosmetics rules to include a provision for regulating brand names by the central licensing authority, said two people aware of the matter.
Currently, trade names of drugs are neither controlled by the licencing authority nor the trademarks office.
India’s top drug advisory board will discuss the issue in a meeting on Thursday. Health officials said the move can help ensure patient safety. “Too many medicines in India are being sold under similar brand names, putting patients at risk,” said the first person cited above.
The Union health ministry held a meeting on 13 November to discuss the issue of brand names and trade names of pharmaceuticals, concluding that it is neither controlled by the licensing authority under the drugs and cosmetics Act nor the trademarks office, which leaves companies free to manufacture and sell different drugs under the same trade names. Read the rest of this entry »