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15 June, 2019 12:59:33 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 June, 2019 12:32:36 PM
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Nothing to worry as ‘expired medicines replaced regularly’

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Nothing to worry as ‘expired medicines replaced regularly’

There is nothing to be worried about expired medicine in pharmacies or retailers in the capital as these are routinely replaced by drug companies, said Nazmul Hasan Papon, MP and president of the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) yesterday (Friday).  

He said pharmaceutical companies under BAPI refund the pharmacies if any medicine remains unsold or crosses the expiry date.   Papon, also president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), made the comment while briefing journalists at Ivy’s Legacy House in Gulshan-2 in the capital.

He said it is not a matter of concern that expired medicine is found in pharmacies. But it will be a cause of concern if these are being sold.

“There are two types of medicine in the pharmacies; one is fast moving medicine and another slow moving medicine. Most of the time the slow moving medicines remain unsold and at one stage it crosses the expiry date,” he said. He also said sometimes even in depots there are medicines that have crossed the expiry date.

To a query, he said there is no reason to sell expired medicine, as retailers have the scope to change the medicine from pharmaceutical companies. About 95 to 98 per cent medicine of the wholesale market are supplied by the top 30 pharmaceutical companies across the country. And there are about 230 licensed pharmaceutical companies, of them 160 are now operational, he added.

About imported medicine, the BAPI president said he does not have any idea about imported medicine as imported medicine companies have no branch in Bangladesh and also the pharmacies do not get the opportunity to replace the expired medicine. However, he said the amount of expired medicine cannot be more than 5 per cent in a pharmacy. “As we did not get any complaint about expired medicine before, we did not take steps. But now we will look after it and members of BAPI will be made aware at a meeting,” he added.

At a programme on June 10, Manzur Mohammad Shahriar, a deputy director of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection, had said 93 per cent pharmacies in the capital store expired medicines. He had also said most pharmacies in the country are at fault of keeping some expired medicines in their shops. However, it does not mean that all the medicines are date expired in those pharmacies.


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