Context: The Centre, in a notification, has said that medical devices — all implantable devices, CT Scan, PET and MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machines and bone marrow separators — will be treated as drugs for human beings with effect from April 1, 2020.
The decision was taken in consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board.
About Drugs Technical Advisory Board
- It is the highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in India.
- It is established as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
- It is part of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).
- Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- Function: It advises the Central Government and the State Governments on technical matters arising out of the administration of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, of 1940 and to carry out the other functions assigned to it by this Act.
What are Non-steroid Anti-inflammatory Drugs?
- These are medicines that are widely used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and bring down a high temperature.
- These drugs block the production of certain body chemicals that cause inflammation.
- The most popular examples of drugs in this group are aspirin and ibuprofen.
- As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) is an advisory body in India that provides technical advice and recommendations to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on matters related to drugs and pharmaceuticals.
- The DTAB plays a crucial role in evaluating and assessing various aspects of drug regulation, including drug safety, efficacy, quality, and regulatory policies. It examines scientific evidence, conducts reviews, and formulates recommendations based on its expert analysis.
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