Govt allows imported drugs with residual shelf life of under 60%


With containers stuck in transit for days together, the has decided to allow some relaxation on the import of Under the existing rule, imported that have less than 60 per cent shelf life remaining are not allowed into the country. However, given the supply chain disruption this rule has been relaxed by the Central Standard and Control Organisation (CDSCO).


In a notification dated April 17, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said that under exceptional conditions the licensing authority may allow import of drugs with lower shelf lives, provided that the expiry date has not been reached. The reasons, however, have to be recorded in writing.


The lack of truck drivers amid the lockdown has had several thousands of tonnes of cargo, including essentials, stuck at various ports across the country. Reports in the first week of April suggested nearly 40,000 containers were stuck at Chennai and container freight stations (CFS).


India is not a large pharmaceutical formulation importer and depends on China for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) or raw material to make drugs.


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Ambuja Cement to start production from April 20, seeks approval from govt


Ambuja Cements plans to start manufacturing in phases at its plants across India from April 20 and is seeking approval from the relevant government authorities.


The company is taking steps to adhere to the standard operating procedure for social distancing mandated by the government in the new guidelines issued by the government on April 15, Ambuja Cements said in a regulatory filing.



“The company is seeking necessary permissions/approvals from the relevant government authorities for resumption of operations at various locations from April 20, 2020, in a phased manner.


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“The operations at various locations will be resumed in full compliance of the said order and conditions/directives as may be mentioned in the approval by the relevant government authorities,” it said on Friday.


On March 23, Ambuja Cements temporarily suspended its operations at various locations, in compliance with the direction issued by the government in view of the pandemic.


Ambuja Cements is part of global conglomerate LafargeHolcim.


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