The Union Ministry of Ayush has launched the Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) for Ayush systems of medicine at the National Institute of Siddha in Tamil Nadu.
The RRDRs are important components, which play an important role in medicinal plants cultivation. As a step in this direction, Union ministry of Ayush, through the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), initiated establishment of National Raw Drug Repository and Regional Raw Drug Repositories. NMPB has identified National Institute of Siddha as the lead institute with the Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Chennai and the Siddha Central Research Institute, Chennai as the collaborating institutes, said the ministry officials.
This RRDR would play a stellar role in collection, documentation, and authentication of raw drugs collected from the agro-climatic region, that is, the Southern Plateau Region, said the Ayush ministry.
The growth and acceptability of traditional systems require robust infrastructure of hospitals, dispensaries, pharmacies and manufacturing units so as to manufacture and dispense quality medicine.
“The country has more than 9,000 manufacturing units for Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy medicine. However, the quality of medicines produced by these units critically depends upon the manufacturing process followed as well as the quality of raw material. The government has made it mandatory for all manufacturing units to adhere to the good manufacturing practices (GMP) as notified under Schedule T of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940,” it further stated.
However, since more than 90 per cent of the formulations under these systems of medicine are plant based, what is critical is to ensure sustained availability of quality raw material.
This RRDR will not only act as collection centers of raw drugs available and used in southern region but also as an accredited reference library for authentication of raw drugs and establish standard protocols and keys for authentication of raw drug used in the herbal industries, the ministry said.
There is a global resurgence in the traditional and alternative health care system. We in India are fortunate to have systems of medicine which date back to more than 3,000 years and have deep rooted societal acceptance. Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and systems of medicine are accessible to large segment of our population including those living in remote and interior areas.