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India, US sign Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in Traditional Medicine

The MoU was signed by Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Director, PCIM & H and Dr. K.V. Surendra Nath, Senior Vice President, Global Sites, USP

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New Delhi, Aug 25, 2016: An official statement declared that the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) inked a MoU on Wednesday for cooperation in traditional medicine.

It will also cover collaboration in identification, development, and dissemination of science-based standards in this field at an international level, it said.

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The MoU was signed by Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Director, PCIM & H and Dr. K.V. Surendra Nath, Senior Vice President, Global Sites, USP in the presence of AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddhant and homeopathy) Secretary Ajit Sharan.

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According to the ministry, the goal of the MoU is to enhance public health in India, US, and globally by working together to increase the awareness and understanding of quality traditional and herbal medicines, botanical dietary supplements, and their products.

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“The goal will also be to increase the availability and access to needed public standards for traditional/herbal medicines, botanical dietary supplements, and their products,” said the statement. (IANS)

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  • Alan Schmukler

    This agreement sounds like it has laudable goals, but it must be remembered that many U.S. regulatory agencies are controlled by Pharmaceutical corporations. Pharma is dedicated to undermining homeopathy and other traditional medicines, which compete in the market place for its drugs. One of their methods is to make standards for traditional medicines so high, that only corporate entities can meet them. This way they drive smaller producers out of business. The way this agreement unfolds must be watched very closely.

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  • Alan Schmukler

    This agreement sounds like it has laudable goals, but it must be remembered that many U.S. regulatory agencies are controlled by Pharmaceutical corporations. Pharma is dedicated to undermining homeopathy and other traditional medicines, which compete in the market place for its drugs. One of their methods is to make standards for traditional medicines so high, that only corporate entities can meet them. This way they drive smaller producers out of business. The way this agreement unfolds must be watched very closely.

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