Lahore: 845 medical stores sealed
LAHORE: ON directions of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the Health Department has accelerated campaign against the illegal trade of spurious, substandard drugs in the province.
In this connection, drug inspectors of Health Department have inspected 22,945 medical stores/pharmacies during the last five months and collected 10,896 samples for laboratory analysis. As many as 238 samples were found sub-standard and 59 spurious.
Punjab Health Secretary Jehanzeb Khan was briefed on it during a meeting, according to a handout here on Thursday.
Other officers concerned were also present.
The meeting was told that during the crackdown, 845 medical stores were sealed whereas 2258 challans were sent to the provincial as well as district quality control boards and 43 FIRs were also lodged.
Additional Health Secretary (Tech) Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Sulehria said that expired medicines were also seized from 193 medical stores. He said that Health Department forwarded 1,351 cases to the drug courts and the courts imposed a fine of Rs 18,408,000 on the accused.
He said that 131 cases were registered against illegal advertisements by quacks.
Health Secretary Jehanzeb Khan directed the officers the anti-spurious drug campaign be continued without any pressure or greed.
He also directed that monitoring system also be evolved to assess the performance of drug inspectors.