Monday, March 9, 2009

Drive against substandard medicines

Sindh Minister for Health Dr Saghir Ahmed has directed Drug Control Administration to expedite drive against substandard and noxious medicines and continue it till the achievement of better results.

He directed Secretary Health, Sindh Drug Administration, Drug Testing Laboratory and Karachi Drug Administration to forward cases pertaining to substandard and toxic drugs to Drug Courts, so that people involved in such malpractice could be punished.

Dr Saghir instructed that legal action should be initiated against the medical stores involved in drug rules violation, adding that samples of medicines should be sent to Drug Testing Laboratory, and cases of substandard, unregistered and medicines sold with fake names be sent to Drug Courts. He said no political pressure should be accepted in this regard. He strictly warned that action should be taken against the derelict drug inspectors.

Meanwhile, reviewing the last year’s progress report, Dr Saghir informed that in 2008, substandard and toxic medicines worth Rs60 million were seized and 34 accused were arrested, while 96 cases were registered.

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