Substandard drugs: K-P can hope to be free of fake drugs in 45 days

Court orders health department to launch drive against subpar medication being sold in the city.

Our Correspondent July 16, 2013
The health department said it would take around two months to rid the provincial capital of spurious drugs. PHOTO: FILE


The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the health department to launch a clean-up operation against poor quality drugs being sold in Peshawar.

A PHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qaisar Rashid also ordered to book those found guilty. The bench further said the drug act should be tabled for amendment before the provincial assembly within three months.

“Those playing with the lives of innocent people should be strictly punished,” said CJ Khan, while hearing a suo motu notice taken on reports submitted by the Human Rights Directorate (HRD) on substandard drugs being sold in and around the provincial capital.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Director General Health Dr Muhammad Zafar informed the bench there was a shortage of drug inspectors in the province. He added help from secret agencies and police personnel was needed to curb the criminal activity.

The bench said the budget for the health department should be increased and the department should have its separate intelligence force. Drug inspectors are bribed and don’t bring the culprits to justice, it added.

The health department said it would take around two months to rid the provincial capital of spurious drugs. The court, however, gave the department 45 days to complete the operation.

The court expressed its dissatisfaction over a report submitted by the K-P chief secretary on the availability and quality of hepatitis C vaccines. The PHC issued orders to have all vaccines tested by a well-reputed laboratory and further directed the government to contact donor agencies for fresh supplies if the medication was found to be substandard.

The report gave details on the available stock of vaccines. It stated the current stock could meet requirements for another two months and on July 17 a tender for fresh supplies would be held.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.


Shaheen Shah Advocate | 10 years ago | Reply

Recently the raids conducted by the Drug Inspectors along with Law enforcement agencies with in Peshawar and Mardan region, a huge quantity of Herberon Alfa R (interferon Alfa 2-b) Batch No. R-13061/0 Registration No. 022820, Manufactured by Macter Intenational, Ltd, Karachi, were recovered form different Drug sale Stores and dully Declared Spurious by the Drug Testing Laboratory, Peshawar and Macter International, Karachi.

It is for the public information that Batch No. R-13061/0 is confirmed as Spurious, which is widely spread in the Market of different cities of KPK, the Public, Doctors and concern persons with sale of Drug may please avoid the above mentioned batch of Herberon Alfa R, from purchase and supply to the Patients, and the information may please be widely spread for the public information by all the concerns of Health Department as well by the persons involved in sale and purchase of such Drugs.

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