Admin wakes up to sale of spurious drugs

DDC goes for surprise inspection, starts 9419011570 helpline; Appeals people to ensure cash memo receipt

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, Apr 13: In a bid to clear the air over government’s alleged slumber on sale of spurious drugs in Kashmir over the years, the District Development Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Shah Saturday undertook a surprise inspection of medical stores in the City even as the official faced public queries that “why  doctors prescribe sub-standard drugs.”
 The medical stores in Karan Nagar outside the SMHS Hospital were taken by surprise when the District Magistrate appeared in the area to personally lead an inspection team comprising Assistant Drug Controller and other officials. Around half a dozen drug stores were found violating norms while the officials assured strict action against the accused.
 Apart from looking for expiry date of drugs being sold, the DDC took a serious note of public complaints that touts were on prowl in the area and that police was not looking into the matter seriously.
 The DDC directed the SHO Karan Nagar Police Station to probe the matter seriously and file a report.
 Talking to some avid people, who gathered around the official in no time, Shah said: “The best thing a buyer can do is ensure taking proper cash memo of the purchases.”
 However, the DDC looked puzzled when the people asked him: Why do medicos prescribe sub-standard medicines? “You people should take action against such medicos as well,” the people demanded.
 On this the official responded saying “I appeal the medicos not to prescribe sub-standard drugs.”
 Talking to reporters Shah said the civil society can also contribute on this front. “Moral awareness too is required and on this front civil society can play a role,” Shah told the reporters while replying a query.
 On the issue of spurious and sub-standard drugs, he said: “Nobody will be spared whosoever is involved in this heinous crime.” The official added that inspection of medical stores would remain a regular affair.
 Meanwhile, the DDC said anybody having complaints pertaining to sale of spurious or sub-standard drugs can call the Assistant Drug Controller Srinagar on his cell No: 9419011570.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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