The Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945

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Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945 * Friends, I want to start a series on the important Act of India with respect to medicines. The objective of this series is to help my young students to understand the intricacies in this Act. Well, way back in the period before independence there was no regulation on the manufacture or sale of medicines and the scene was totally chaotic. Pharmacy was practiced by whoever wished to do so and there was almost no manufacture of medicines in the country and the domestic companies were merely formulating the medicines after importing the bulk drugs. To bring some semblance of control in the field of manufacture and sale the Drugs and Cosmetics Act was brought out in the year 1940. Its objectives were to regulate and control the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs and cosmetics in the country. Another objective was to punish the antisocial elements indulging in manufacture or sale of adulterated drugs, spurious drugs or substandard drugs. The contents of the Act are as follows: * Chapter I- definitions * Chapter II- DTAB, CDL, DCC * Chapter III- import of drugs * Chapter IV- Manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs and cosmetics * Chapter IV-A -- Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani drugs * Chapter V -- Miscellaneous * Two Schedules are there. * First Schedule- List of all the books in the Ayurvedic and Siddha systems * Second Schedule- standards to be complied with by drugs This is a short introduction to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. Reference: Law relating to Drugs and Cosmetics by Vijay Malik, Twentieth Edition, Eastern Book Company, Lucknow. This blog does not contain any plagiarized material.

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Prof. J. Vijaya Ratna's picture

Dr. Vijaya Ratna Jayanthi serving Andhra University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences as Chairman, Pharmaceutical Technology Department.

Dr. J. Vijaya Ratna did her B.Pharm (1977), M.Pharm (1979), PGDAS (1981) and Ph.D (1998) at Andhra University Campus and won "M.L. Khorana Gold Medal" for standing University FIRST in graduation.


Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

Excellent idea. There is a lot to talk and discuss Wish you all the best.

Bhagavan P.S. B Pharm

Rtd. Dy Dir.(Pharmacy),Govt of Karnataka, India
Prof. J. Vijaya Ratna's picture

Sir Thank You. I definitely look forward to support from you in this work. Vijaya Ratna
Amol Malpani's picture

Dear Madam, Really good topic D & C Act, 1940 and mostly ignored by students. There are lots of changes taking place in clinical requirements in India too. Regards,
Siva Mavuduru's picture

Madam Its great to see your short notes on acts. Most of us didn't go through these topics thoroughly during our sem, but now it became a problem for GPAT prepratation. I wish your blogs helps us to get a quick review.
Prof. J. Vijaya Ratna's picture

Dear Siva Ganesh, I am sorry. I said I would write articles and then I missed out on it totally. I am sorry. Life is becoming too hectic for me and I am unable to do proper justice here. The Drugs & Cosmetics Act is the Holy Book for the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry. It is also the book to be studied by anyone trying to do anything with respect to drugs. Yes, let us try to study this in coming weeks. Vijaya Ratna
Siva Mavuduru's picture

madam None is compared to you regaring contributions to you on this platform. you are giving a great contributions and you are an example for many of us. i wish to see your posts soon madam.

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