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POST TIME: 25 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Data on destruction of expired drugs not available yet
Cases filed against 404 pharmacies; 853 dengue cases detected
Special Correspondent, Dhaka

Data on destruction of expired drugs not available yet

The director General (DG) of the Department of Drug Administration (DGDA), Maj. Gen. Mahbubur Rahman, has failed to provide any data concerning the destruction and withdrawal of expired medicines from pharmacies by pharmaceutical companies till now. “We have no data on the quantity of expired medicines that have been returned from pharmacies. But leaders of the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) have informed us that they had returned some expired medicines,” he told reporters at a press briefing at the health and family welfare ministry yesterday.

He said that BAPI had given the assurance of returning all the expired medicines from the pharmacies within July 2 and destroying them. “The sale of expired medicines a serious concern for us. Action would be taken against pharmacy owners if expired medicines are found in their stores,” health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque told reporters at the press conference.

“The DGDA has been conducting drives to prevent the sale of expired medicines,” he said.

Mobile courts have filed a total of 404 cases against the pharmacies and realised Tk 8,109,500 as fine, he added.

Communicable Disease Control (CDC) director Prof. Saniya Tahmina said that dengue cases are on the rise, adding that  the dengue trend is showing a rising trend around the globe.

“Climate change is responsible for this outbreak. However, the situation is under control. Till date, we have detected 853 cases and two persons have died of the disease,” she said.

Secretary of the Health Service Division and chiefs of the health wings of both Dhaka North City Corporation and the Dhaka South City Corporation were present.

Earlier, on June 18, the High Court (HC) had directed the government to confiscate all expired medicines from pharmacies across the country and destroy them within a month. It had ordered the authorities to take legal action against those involved in storing, supplying and selling expired drugs.

At a programme on June 10, Manzur Mohammad Shahriar, deputy director of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection, said that 93 per cent of pharmacies in the capital stored expired medicines.