Indira Gandhi International AirportThe Indira Gandhi International Airport will soon have a climate-controlled ‘pharma zone’ to ensure that the quality of imported and exported drugs is maintained. The first of its kind, it will involve infrastructure costs of around Rs 7 crore, besides the cost of land.

A separate dedicated temperature and atmosphere controlled area, a pharma zone is meant to maintain the safety, efficacy, and quality of drugs and pharma products in line with the product requirements and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance within the cargo premises of ports.

At present, the Indian Central Drugs Control Organisation (CDSCO) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on plans to create pharma zones within the cargo area of all major airports and seaports, starting with the Capital.

“The area would be used for proper storage and examination of pharmaceutical products keeping in mind manufacturing and distribution practices. They would help preserve the quality of pharmaceuticals being transported and ensure there is no cross-contamination of medicines with other products,” said Dr Surender Singh, Drug Controller General of India (DGCI).