New Delhi: The rampant sale of unapproved antibiotics in India continues, triggering antimicrobial resistance in the country.A study published in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology on Monday revealed that out of 118 different formulations of fixed dose combinations (FDCs) being sold in India between 2007 and 2012, over 64% were not approved by the national drugs regulator, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Only five of these formulations were approved in the UK or US.The research done by Queen Mary University of London and Newcastle University found that multinational companies continued to manufacture many unapproved formulations between 2007 and 2012, despite pledging to tackle rising antimicrobial resistance.The researchers examined figures for FDC antibiotics (formulations composed of two or more drugs in a single pill) and single drug formulation (SDF) antibiotics (composed of a single drug) being sold in the Indian market.

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