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12 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 June, 2019 12:40:40 AM
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Be alert about date expired medicines

Be alert about date expired medicines

A survey by the Bangladesh Food Safety Foundation has found that almost 93 per cent of medicines sold at city pharmacies are expired. This is alarming news because it shows a criminal negligence on part of the medicine sellers. The victims are obviously the masses because in our culture, checking the expiry date is absent. Most city consumers are unaware that taking items which fail usage period can lead to serious health risks, even death.

The cause of our nonchalant attitude can be linked to the social credo of the austerity driven privation filled period after liberation when the main concern of most was to stay alive and ensure a modest livelihood. In such desperate situations, expire date checking was hardly a main concern. As Bangladesh has made phenomenal progress in economy and now has a booming middle class, the habits of the old days need to be discarded for the benefit of our progeny. The revelation on city pharmacies states that of the 200 stores, 186 have medicines which are expired. The onus of keeping medicines within date falls on the pharmacies and the first step is to ensure that all stores adhere to regulations.

Pharmacy owners have to be more responsible about checking their stocks. Sometimes, stores do not send back expired medicines because the manufacturing companies are unwilling to take them back. In such cases, the companies also have to relax their regulations. In short, both the stores plus the medicine makers have to put the clients above profit and business. When a store develops the reputation for selling medicines with valid dates, its market status will shoot up automatically, paving the path for brisk business. The ward commissioners in Dhaka can form small teams to carry out bi-monthly checks at local pharmacies and, in these cases, they can also take the help from media houses. The presence of the media in such drives is essential because then, transparency in the operation can be much higher. As incentive the government can also award pharmacies which sell proper medicines; this will also work to inspire others.

The whole medicine selling operation relies on a virtuous cycle which involves honest sellers, scrupulous manufacturers and a regular monitoring system. If one side fails, the users, many of whom are children, will suffer.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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