Regional Raw Drug Repository for AYUSH Systems launched at Chennai 

The Union Minister for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and Minister of State for Defence launched the Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) for ASU&H Medicine on September 13, 2020 at Chennai.

Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR)

RRDRs are the important components of Centrally Sponsored Scheme called AYUSH Mission. AYUSH mission plays an important role in medicinal plants cultivation. As a step forward in medicinal plants cultivation Ministry of AYUSH initiated the establishment of National Raw Drug Repository and Regional Raw Drug Repositories, through the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB). The RRDR would play a significant role in collection, documentation, and authentication of raw drugs collected from the agro-climatic region in the southern plateau. The RRDR will act as collection centers of raw drugs available and used in southern region as well as an accredited library for authentication of raw drugs. It will establish a standard protocols and keys for authentication of raw drug.

Medicinal Plants

Medicinal Plants are the major resource base of India’s traditional health care system. Their importance has grown substantially in the covid-19 pandemic situation because of its disease preventive properties.

Challenges with the Medicinal Plant

The outreach and acceptability medicinal plant under the AYUSH system are dependent on uninterrupted availability of quality plants based raw material. Though the raw drugs are commonly available, but there is a lack of scientific documentation. Thus, there lies the difficulty of research on these medicines. However, difficulty in research, reduces the chances of commercial exploitation of such medicinal plants.