Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know whether a drug is banned in India?

The list of banned drugs in India is published on the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization web site. Your physician will also guide you whether a drug is banned in India or not.

2. Why are drugs banned by the FDA not banned in India?

Each country has its own regulations to control the use of drugs within its boundary. Some drugs banned in the United States are not banned in India. One reason for this could be that the same side effects were not seen extensively in the Indian population.

3. How are drugs tested for side effects?

Drugs are first tested in animals. They then undergo clinical trials in humans. In Phase 1 clinical trials, they are studied in normal people to check for the safety of the new product. In Phase II, they are examined in few people suffering from the disease to see if they are effective in the particular illness. In Phase III, they are considered in many people suffering from the disease to check for efficacy as well as safety. After Phase III study, the drug is released into the market. This is followed by Phase IV or post-marketing surveillance in which the drug is monitored in the general population.


ManujMM Thursday, August 30, 2012

I support the article as it is one of the few articles to guide the 'state-misguided' citizens of this administratively neglected country. Yet I find it dificult to find out the names of the brands which contained Fenfluramine [Pondimin] and Dexfenfluramine (Redux). I feel that citizens in India are not only suffering of apathy by the State but sometimes the silence of the State, which is many a cases has been spelled differently as 'corruption'. Poor citizens are suffering because the governments wont take action on the murderous companies and our representatives being hand (dirty, bloody) in glove (of the corporates). Time and again Indian citizens are tested like guinea pigs, most suffer to the last with their families in a state without healthcare insurance. Yet shameless heads claim to have made our country a super power e.g.; IT power: I fail to understand how can a country can be powerful in IT when it neither has a Operating System of its own and when it has yet to manufacture a hardware chip for a 'scientific calculator'? I again request, if anybody knows to help me by disclosing the brands which contained which Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine. Many are sufferring heart fibrosis, PPH, is for them to know, what exactly happened to them?

p_datt Thursday, February 17, 2011

Human aqueous Placental extract is a very effective drug. It contains several bioactive therapeutic molecules. We [the team of Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, an unit of CSIR India] are working for last 12 years with the extract the trade name is ‘Placentrex’ and identified different molecules with the potent therapeutic efficacy e.g. fibronectin type III like peptide, Bioactive NADPH, PDRNs , some other peptides with protease regulatory property etc. Banning this drug is a loss of a huge number of populations suffering from chronic, non-healing /diabetic wounds, burn injuries, surgical trauma etc. These research findings have been published in highly reputed international (Us and UK based) as well as national journals (ref Pubmed). It’s an Indian drug with a very good reputation in abroad like France, Switzerland, Korea etc. We have been invited several times in abroad (Europe, especially in France) to deliver lectures on ‘Placentrex’ research findings. We are still working with the drug. So far we have not found any adverse effect of the drug. Several clinical studies have also been done on it and these are also published in different peer-reviewed medical journals. Without knowing the rationality, efficacy and safety ‘Banning this highly reputed product of India’ is very much unethical. Banning of such a globally accepted drug must be reconsidered.

chakradhi Thursday, February 17, 2011

My strongest support is with the above comments. Research findings on indigenous human placental extract which is available at pubmed[]is very rational, based on extremely scientific foundation. Efficacy of the drug is unquestionable and it has been accepted by the global scientific community through several high rated international and National scientific journals. Banning of such a successful Indian formulation is a shame for the country itself. Through the research on this placental extract our country has been glorified several times. Without knowing the actual fact, banning the drug is a shameful as per my opinion.

varshag Thursday, September 6, 2012

My gynaecologist has suggested me take 10 pakcentrex injection in a period of 20 days to open my blocked right fallopian tube. Please advise if I can go for this treatment as I got to know that placentrex is a banned drug. Please help.

Hafeez Wednesday, January 26, 2011

can you please give the references for this artcle

drgtomar Wednesday, August 24, 2011

if it is a product derived from human tissues, can it transmit infectious diseases such as HIV ? I also have not seen any publications regarding its efficacy.

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