The Department of AYUSH is planning to give a major push to the standardisation and quality improvement of Ayurveda, Siddha & Unani drugs during the next five year plan period. One of the key proposals under the consideration is to augment the pharmacopoeia work to develop 1000 monographs and strengthening of the Pharmacopoeia Commission and associated laboratories to accelerate the work of standardization, sources said. Strengthening Secretariat Social Services in the Department of Ayush by engaging need-based more technical & administrative staff and filling up the vacant posts to facilitate smooth disposal of administrative & technical work and hiring/construction of new building for the Department in consideration of its enhanced mandate is another major agenda for the next Plan period. An amount of Rs. 100 crore has been sought for this purpose. For improving quality parameters of ASU drugs as per global requirements and acceptability, to take up development of monographs of such medicinal plants as are widely used in folklore/tribal medicine but not documented in ASU literature and to work on the lines of other Pharmacopoeia Commissions of the world, a provision of Rs. 50 crore has been recommended. “Another area is providing support to build up the initiative of safety monitoring of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drugs under the pharmacovigilance system, which was introduced in the country during the 11th Plan period, by designating one National Pharmacovigilance Resource Centre, 8 regional centres and 30 peripheral centres to develop the culture of reporting adverse drug reactions of ASU drugs at a cost of Rs. 15 crore,” sources said. Setting up National Ayush Library & Archives under the Department of Ayush for collecting, showcasing and dissemination of Ayush literary resources & materials and publication of Ayush newsletter and journals at a cost of Rs. 50 crore is another proposal.
Source : Pharmabiz