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Government to step up vigilance on spurious drugs

The Government of India is stepping up its vigilance on spurious drugs by increasing the number of drug inspectors and the punishment for offenses.

The aim is to have one drug inspector for every 200 pharmacies and one inspector to deal with 50 drug manufacturing units, V.K. Subburaj, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said.

“Currently, there are 6 lakh pharmacies in the country, and in many cases one inspector will take care of 500-1,000 pharmacies,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of the Seminar on Safe Medicine conducted by the Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI)

The strict enforcement includes up to life imprisonment for manufacture of spurious drugs. “Even the pharmacist can receive two years imprisonment for selling schedule H drugs without a licence,” he said, adding that the government had launched a Jan Pharma Samadhan portal for consumer grievances.

On the Jan Aushadhi scheme, Mr. Subburaj said the government was promoting generic drugs to help a larger population have access. After the launch, CMAI will sign an MoU with the government to set up Jan Aushadhi dispensaries in all CMA hospitals. “We have 330 hospitals in the country. Through this scheme, we will be able to reduce drug costs,” Bimal Charles, general secretary, CMAI said, adding that they would network with other NGOs and charity hospitals to promote the scheme.



To increase number of drug inspectors as well as quantum of punishment for offences



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