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Substandard: 3.36% drugs … in sample size of 82,599

New Delhi: As many as 2,783 samples or 3.36 per cent of the total 82,599 samples tested by drug controllers of various states and Union Territories in 2017-18 were declared substandard, Parliament was informed Tuesday. Of the total, 236 samples or 0.28 per cent were declared spurious or adulterated, Minister of State Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya told the Lok Sabha.

In a written reply, Mandaviya said 2,783 samples of drugs were "declared not of standard quality" out of 82,59 samples tested, which is 3.36 per cent of the total. In 2016-17, the total number of drugs samples tested was 76,721, of which 2,780 were declared not of standard quality.

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