The health ministry has directed states to create intelligence cells to check illegal manufacturing practices of spurious drugs, reported Economic Times.
The intelligence cells will work in coordination with the officers of state drug departments and the Central Drug Control Standard Organisation (CDCSO) to find and expose illegal activities of spurious drugs and their manufacturing units.
The intelligence cells will also look for any contravention of the Drug and Cosmetic Act.
The health ministry has sought all state drug controllers to strictly monitor the implementation of the intelligence cells under the Act. These directions were given at the third Annual Regulators Conclave for Central and State Regulatory Authorities recently held in Goa.
Some of the states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Delhi have their respective intelligence cells. The intelligence cells would create more surveillance. That woud also help in sampling to ensure quality issues of drugs and pharmaceuticals, a senior drug controller was quoted as saying in the report.
The intelligence cells will conduct surprise raids and inspections. They will keep a strict vigil on habitual offenders.