Guidelines released for evaluation of nano drugs

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Guidelines released for evaluation of nano

Guidelines for evaluation of

New Delhi, October 25: The Minister for Science and Technology, Earth
Sciences and Health and Family Welfare, released guidelines for evaluation of
nano-pharmaceuticals, which are emerging as more potent tools for treating
various diseases. 

A joint project by Govt. organizations.

The document, which covers all the aspects of
evaluation from the definition and categorisation of nanopharmaceuticals to
pharmacovigilance of the new set of therapeutics, has been prepared as a joint
project by the Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and
Technology, and Indian Council of Medical Research and Central Drugs Standard
Control Organisation in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

India too has a sizable pool of nano-scientists.

Nano-pharmaceuticals, which are derived by application of nanotechnology in medical therapeutics are expected to bring about a revolution in treatment strategies as they would enable target specific delivery of drugs and therapeutic molecules and thus offer higher efficacy and lower toxicity in many disease conditions. They are expected to be great use particularly in cancer treatment. 

Every year several new nano-pharmaceuticals are being developed and marketed across the world. India too has a sizable pool of nano-scientists generating large number of scientific publications in this domain. However, regulatory approval is the most important factor for translating laboratory research into bedside medicine. The new set of guidelines is designed to facilitate this process. 

Noting that the document has been prepared by domain experts in consultation with representatives of the industry, Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed confidence that it will give a big boost to innovators and drug manufacturers to optimise their research and come out with medicines that would be safer and more affordable. 

International conference Global Bio-India 2019 will be organized.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also announced that a three-day international conference will be
organised by Department of Biotechnology and Confederation of Indian Industry
here from November 21 to 23 in collaboration with the Association of
Biotech-Led Enterprises (ABLE) and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance
Council (BIRAC), which is a public sector undertaking under DBT to showcase
India’s prowess in the area of biotechnology and help build new partnerships
and investment opportunities.  

Titled Global Bio-India 2019, the meet will
deliberate on opportunities and challenges in the areas of bio-agriculture,
bio-industry, bio-energy, bio-services and bio-pharma sectors. It will have
several components including policy dialogues, an investors round table, a
meeting of regulators across the world and an exhibition. 

Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Renu
Swarup, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, Indian
Council of Medical Research, and Dr. Balram Bhargava, and Drugs Controller
General of India, Dr.V.G.Somani, hoped that the Indian pharmaceutical sector
would make the best use of the guidelines in their work.

By Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

(India Science Wire)