No animal testing for registering drugs
THE DRUG Technical Advisory Board recently ruled that companies wanting to register their drugs in India after clearing the process in other countries need not repeat tests on animals.
The move will change the provisions under Schedule Y of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, which deals with registering those drugs in India that are already registered in other countries. "As those drugs are registered in other countries after due processes and tests, repeat of tests on animals is not needed," said Chaitanya Koduri of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA worked with Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi to push for the change in the law.