Assam | Chemists Selling 25 Banned Drugs

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Despite banning 328 numbers of drugs by the Central Government, the chemists in Assam are selling 25 numbers of banned drugs without the consent of the state government.

It is due to the negligence of the state government that these chemist shops are selling drugs banned by the Centre. Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who at the time said that the health scenario is much more developed than other states but it seems that he is not aware of the number of medicine inspector present in the state.

It may be mentioned here that there are only 11 medicine inspectors against 4500 pharmacies in the state. It is not possible for only 11 inspectors to inspect 4500 number of pharmacies and therefore, the chemists are also taking advantage of it and selling drugs which are banned by the central government.

It is not only in Assam but also in other parts of Northeast that the chemists are selling banned drugs by playing with the lives of people. The drugs that are being sold to the customers are mostly of arthritis, spondylitis etc. The drugs such as Ace Proxyvon, Spasmo Proxyvon, Codeine Phosphate used in cough, anti-obesity drug Rimonabant etc. are such drugs which are banned but the chemist shops in the state are still selling these drugs.

According to sources, the 4500 pharmacies are being inspected by only 11 drug inspector which is not sufficient. Out of these 11 inspectors, 3 are senior inspectors and 8 are inspectors. On the other hand there are 31 numbers of posts lying vacant for senior inspector and inspector but the government has not fulfilled the posts yet. It has been further informed that there are 80-90 number of inspectors required to monitor the pharmacies.

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