Drug Research (Drug Standardization Research Programme)

The programme of drug standardization is mainly concerned with evolving standards for single and compound Unani drugs of proven efficacy included in National Formulary of Unani Medicine for their incorporation in the official Unani Pharmacopoeia of India. Standardization of single drugs as well of compound formulations is carried out in accordance with the format approved by Unani Pharmacopoeia Committee of India. The Council has so far been able to finalize standards for 277 single drugs and 385 compound drugs. Based on this work, the Council has brought out two publications. The book, Physicochemical Standards of Unani Formulations carries monographs on Unani formulations. This title has appeared in four parts consisting of 350 compound Unani drugs. Another publication – Standardization of Single Drugs of Unani Medicine – carries monographs on single Unani drugs in five volumes – each having standards for 50 single drugs – of this book have been published. The Council has also published books entitled Chemistry of Unani Medicinal Plants and Chemical Investigation of some Common Unani Medicinal Plants. The standardization work carried out on single drugs and compound formulations are being published in different parts and volumes of Unani Pharmacopoeia of India. The work on development of SOPs on the method of manufacture followed by their pharmacopoeial standards on more than 100 Unani formulations is in progress in different units/institutes of the Council. Ever since the Council appointed as Secretariat of Unani Pharmacopoeia Committee, six volumes of Unani Pharmacopoeia of India part-I consisting of 298 Unani single drugs and two-volumes of Unani Pharmacopoeia of India part-II consisting of hundred Unani formulations have been published. Besides, this the Council as Secretariat of Unani Pharmacopoeia Committee has also published six volumes of National Formulary of Unani Medicine. Hindi translations of all volumes of National Formularies are is in progress and very soon, the same will be published. Two volumes of Unani Pharmacopoeia of India have been translated in Arabic languages, as well and are in press for printing.