Dr M Venkateswarulu, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), (in-charge) has got six months extension on the recommendation from the Indian Health Ministry.

Dr Venkateswarulu, took over as the DCGI on September 2006. He had joined the drugs control department as a drugs inspector in 1974 and was heading the Western Region of the CDSCO for the past 13 years.

A renowned regulatory expert and a known orator, Dr Venkateswarulu has made more than 250-300 presentations on Indian pharmaceutical industry in various national and international platforms, alone in the last five to six years. He was also among the major brains behind the policy initiatives like Revised Schedule M implementation, guidelines for medical devices and also represented various committees, which initiated policy changes related to pharmaceutical industry.