online drug alert system by Jan 2011-good initiative by GUJRAT govt

The Gujarat Food & Drugs Control Administration, (FDCA) will soon implement the self-licensing software in its food and drug laboratory. The new software is designed to implement an online drug alert system, which will enable the FDCA to alert the retailers on any adverse report on the batch to batch test reports released by the drug testing laboratory through short message services (SMS). The same system is also followed in the US, however in US the retailers are alerted on the not-of-standard drugs reports through e-mail.

H G Koshia, commissioner, FDCA informed that they have already started with the process and it is expected to be complete by the first week of January 2011. The main aim behind implementing this new system is to ensure the safety of the consumers at large by making it more consumer friendly.

The decision to implement this software was taken by FDCA after deliberating with the service providers and other officers on the benefits of having this technology expanded to its food and drugs lab followed by a live demo, in a meeting that was conducted on December 22. The National Informatics Centre (NIC), the agency under which the software is developed, will provide the software whereas Vodafone will be the mobile phone service provider to implement this programme.

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