You are here: Home » Technology » News » Apps
Business Standard

Now, SMS alert for 'unsafe' drugs

Sohini Das  |  Ahmedabad 

Gujarat will be the first state in the country to implement an online drug alert system for retailers through short messaging service (SMS). The service, which is awaiting approval from the state health department, will enable pharmaceutical stockists and druggists to receive an SMS from the Gujarat Food and Drugs Control Authority (FDCA) about sub-standard drugs on the basis of test reports at its drug testing laboratory.

“We have been working on this project for the last three years and have already spent close to Rs 30 lakh on developing the software,” said HG Koshia, commissioner, FDCA. “We have done three test runs of the system, and are waiting for the final approval from the state health department,” he added.

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed the software and Vodafone is likely to be the mobile service provider.

The service is aimed at helping consumers, ensuring their safety and making the system more transparent. “It will alert retailers and wholesalers about sub-standard drugs as soon any discrepancy is detected. There are around 27,000 pharma outlets in the state, which can stop sale of unsafe drugs once aberrations are detected,” Koshia said.

Meanwhile, the FDCA has already implemented an online licensing system for manufacturers. “We have made a database of all license-holders across 25 districts in the state. As soon as new licences are granted, the data comes to the central FDCA system,” Koshia said. As of now, FDCA accepts online applications from active-pharmaceutical ingredients (API) manufacturers, but it is planning to extend that to formulations manufacturers as well.

“We have also shared our experience of online licensing with other states like Maharashtra, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. They too are planning to implement it,” he said.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, May 11 2011. 00:29 IST