27 Nov 2017
INDIA: Suppliers of Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals Face Liability for Any Harm to Users
Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in India may soon be liable to pay compensation should the use of their products cause harm to any user. The move to amend the country’s Drugs and Cosmetics Act has been championed by the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) and would see an end to the current practice, which only obliges manufacturers to pay compensation in the event of any injuries or illness resulting from participation in a clinical trial.
The call for a change of legislation follows a recent high profile case relating to defective hip implants. In total, 22 patients had to receive corrective surgery on account of having initially been fitted with faulty prosthetics.