New Delhi: There is no need to panic about cheap generic medicines available in the medical stores in the markets. World Health Organisation (WHO) has denied any report which said that more than one-third of available medicines in the Indian market are fake. In fact, it has never conducted this type of survey so far.

It was said that few Multi National Companies (MNCs) are spreading rumors about WHO report. To deal with the problem, WHO representative in India Nata Menabde has given clarification in black and white. Moreover, WHO has also endorsed the Indian government’s report which says that there are only 0.046 percent fake medicines available in the Indian markets.

As the WHO has not conducted any survey over fake medicines in India so far, any report in this regard is not only wrong but irresponsible said Menabde. Talking to the Dainik Jagran, she said, “WHO has not conducted any survey to find out the fake drugs in the India.” The patent issue should not be confused with fake medicines added Menabde.

Till now, WHO has not been successful in coining internationally accepted definition of fake medicine. WHO working committee on medical products will hold meeting in Argentina in next November to arrive at the consensus on definition of fake medicines.

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization had conducted survey in 2009 which mentions the actual threat of fake drugs in the country. CDSCO had taken samples from the retail medicine stores in the markets and found only 0.046 percent fake medicines. Despite this, few Indian and MNCs are spreading rumour citing WHO report that about 10-25 percent medicines are fake in the Indian markets. They also allege that India contributes 35 percent fake medicines in the world.

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