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20 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Sale of date-expired medicines

HC orders filing of cases under SPA

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court yesterday directed the drug administration to file cases under the Special Powers Act if date-expired or adulterated medicines are found at any pharmacy for a second time.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader also said the penalties given by the mobile courts are not sufficient in this regard.

The HC bench came up with the comments after receiving a report submitted by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) which said date-expired medicines worth Tk 34.7 crore have been destroyed between August 1 and October 31 in drives conducted at different pharmacies across the country.

The report also said that the mobile courts, which were conducted by the DGDA, fined the pharmacy owners Tk 1.74 crore for keeping these date-expired medicine. The mobile courts conducted search in a total of 13,593 drug stores during the drive. It also filed 572 cases against the owners of the errant pharmacies for keeping date expired medicines.

After receiving the report, the HC bench fixed December 12 for delivering its order on the matter.

After coming out from the court, Advocate Shah Monjurul Hoque, counsel for the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI), told reporters that they welcomed the Directorate General of Drug Administration for conducting such drives in the greater interest of the people.

 

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