PHARMACIES RUNNING WITHOUT PROPER DRUG LICENSE
GUWAHATI: In response to the allegation of the All Assam Pharmacists' Services Assocation (AAPSA) against pharmacies running without proper drug license, State Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta has ordered the Commissioner & Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, to conduct and inquiry and submit report.
AAPSA general secretary Sudhir Saha said, "As per the Pharmacy Act under Rule 65 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 and Pharmacy Act, 1948, not a single pharmacy should be run without proper drug license holder or without any qualified pharmacist. But it has come to our notice that many pharmacies in the State are running without any proper drug license and without pharmacist. This violates the Pharmacy Act under Rule 65 of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945 and Pharmacy Act, 1948."
Saha further said, "In this regard we had sought intervention of the State Government. We had appealed to the government to look into the matter in the interest of the public so that quality service by pharmacies can be provided to them. If a pharmacy does not have a qualified pharmacist, people will not get proper medicines."
He added that in Assam, there were 16, 497 registered pharmacists. Some time back, the Assam Pharmacy Council (APC) had permanently cancelled the registrations of 1,374 pharmacists.