QUETTA: The Balochistan Health Department has introduced Drug Rules 2018 under Section 44 of the 1976 Act in a bid to launch a crackdown against the mafia selling fake and counterfeit medicines in the province.
In the first phase, according to the Drug Rules 2018, commissioners of all divisions would lead the Quality Control Board, comprising deputy commissioners, drug inspectors, pharmacists and health department officials.
Using the new rights, the board members would be responsible for monitoring and launching inspections at all medical stores in their respective districts to ensure that quality medicines were being sold to the people of Balochistan.
The board has been given full power to launch strict action against any medical store found selling fake and counterfeit medicines to innocent citizens and seal them.
Earlier, the Quality Control Board was facing many hurdles in pursuing cases against the medical mafia involved in selling fake medicines.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has given strict directions to the health department to launch crackdown against medicine companies and medical stores selling fake and counterfeit medicines.
On the directions, Health Secretary Saleh Nasar constituted a task force, headed by Special Health Secretary Javed Akhtar Mehmood, to collect all details of medicine sellers depriving the public of their hard-earned money.
The health department vowed to commence crackdown against the medicine mafia, saying that they won’t be spared at any cost.