Date: 30-Jul-2019

Drug license holders urge health ministry to investigate illegal supply of malaria RDTs samples to manufacturers

The All Food And Drug Licence Holders Foundation (AFDLH), a pan-India body of distributors of Food and Drugs, has urged the Union Health Ministry to conduct investigation on illegal supply of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) samples to the manufacturers in the country. This is in view of the fact that National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) is the only sole authorised body in the country to supply the same in the interest of patient safety. The Foundation has questioned the quality and performance of malaria RDTs in view of the fact that data from NIB clearly reveals that samples are not sourced from NIB and hence is detrimental to patient safety.