India's health minister says 4.4% of drugs tested not standard quality in past 3 years

India's health minister gave a preview of possible results from the country's ongoing resource-stretching effort to test thousands of drugs to prove their quality and shake the notion that the nation's medicines are not safe or are of low quality. In written remarks to a parliamentary question, Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda said 9,092 samples out of 205,448 tested in the past three years--or 4.4%--were declared "not of standard quality" and 271 were found to be spurious or adulterated. The statement comes as India's Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) G.N. Singh in May said his agency is working to test 42,000 domestic-made drugs by the end of 2015. In June, India's Central Drugs and Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) issued a circular to employees to forget holidays and weekends because all hands were needed on deck to complete the job. The CDSCO said as well that it has deputized 75 drug inspectors and advertised for contractual help, primarily retired government officers, to assist senior officials in their day-to-day jobs. Report