Minister of State for Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Satej Patil on Sunday said a state-level committee has formulated a Rs 950 crore master plan to overhaul the functioning of the FDA.
The minister told a press meet here that the master plan includes setting up of food and drugs testing laboratories in each district and starting mobile vans equipped with testing tools that will go into remote areas and will be able to give instant results.
Patil said a new FDA office and laboratory costing Rs 5 crore would be set up on Nashik Road.
He said the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Act,1940 will soon be replaced by a new Act with an aim to make it more contemporary.
This Act will take into account future requirements of the growing pharma industry and peoples rights to rational medicines. It will also lay down regulations for chemists and doctors with regards to upkeep and sale of drugs, said Patil.
He said several ambiguities were encountered in terms of import,manufacture,distribution and sale of drugs while interpreting the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Act,1940.
The Union government has invited suggestions from state governments for the new Act. We have proposed a fixed population-based criterion for opening a new chemist shop in any locality, said Patil.