The Madras High Court has stayed the DCGI order asking the state drug controllers to take necessary action on the FDC issue

Pharma companies had filed case in  Madras High Court under the aegis of Federation of South Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (FSIPMA). The companies had received notices from the Pondicherry state drug controller asking them to stop production of 294 FDCs listed by the DCGI. The Madras High Court has stayed the DCGI order asking the state drug controllers to take necessary action on the FDC issue. The High Court order is based on the fact that the pharmaceutical companies which moved the court had proper and valid licenses from the concerned authorities to manufacture these products.

Some lawyers are of the view that since the court has stayed the DCGI order, which in essence is a central government action, it will be applicable to all over India. But, some lawyers opine that since it is a High Court verdict, it will be applicable to the state only.