Proposal moved by Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Haryana to prohibit Aceclofenac for Veterinary Use. This proposal was discussed by Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) in the 58th Drugs Consultative Committee meeting held on 14th July held via Webinar for the 1st time in history of DCC.
Due to COVID pandemic situation the decision to hold DCC on webinar was taken by Dr V G Somani Drugs Controller General India (DCGI). In this DCC based on research note submitted by Dr Vibhu Parkash Principal Scientist and Deputy Director BNHS Vulture Conservation Breeding Center Pinjor Panchkula. Dr Vibhu Parkash submitted research paper on *Metabolism of Aceclofenac in cattle to vulture killing Diclofenac*
Based on this research note Narender Ahooja State Drugs Controller, FDA Haryana recommended to prohibit Aceclofenac being metabolised in to vulture killing Diclofenac. “It is worthwhile to mention that Govt of India has already prohibited *Diclofenac and it’s formulations for animal use* vide notification no GSR 499(E ) dated 04th July 2008 and permitted *Diclofenac Injection for human use shall be in single unit dose pack only* vide notification No GSR 558(E ) dated 17th July 2015.” Ahooja said.
“We have ecommended to ban Aceclofenac for Veterinary use to save the vultures which are only way to clean Himalayan Jungles and other areas from dead animals and will be helpful in National Cleanliness Drive” added Ahooja
DCC with its recommendation will send the matter to Drug Technical Advisory Board for further action on this matter.