Ops of 22 retail drug outlets disallowed, licenses of 11 wholesale firms cancelled

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 5: Drugs and Food Control Organization (DFCO) disallowed operations of 22 retail drug outlets and cancelled licenses of 11 wholesale establishments across Jammu province for violation of rules.
The action was taken during surprise inspections of Retail Sale Outlets were carried out by the empowered staff of DFCO under the supervision of respective Assistant Drugs Controller under the overall authority of Lotika Khajuria, State Drugs Controller. The drive was targeted to ensure availability of quality drugs to the end users.
Twenty-two Retail Sale establishments against which the action was taken include nine in Jammu district, three in Kishtwar, 2 in Poonch, 2 in Udhampur, 2 in Reasi and one each on Doda, Samba, Kathua and Rajouri district. The reasons for suspension ranged from non-maintenance of sales records, impersonation, unhygienic/insanitary conditions, improper storage conditions etc. The licensees were warned of severe action in case the deficiencies are not removed within stipulated period of time.
Moreover, for violation of the conditions of licenses, licenses of 11 wholesale drug dealers were cancelled by the Licensing Authority, during a special drive taken out recently.
Statutory Drug samples of more than 100 drug formulations viz Antibiotics, PPI, Steroid, NSAIDs etc were also lifted from various retail drug outlets for determination of strength and purity. All the samples were referred to Drug Testing Laboratories located within and outside the UT for framing legal opinion to ascertain their quality parameters.
State Drugs Controller has impressed upon the Chemist fraternity to strictly adhere to the social distancing norms and other preventives measures to contain the transmission chain of Covid-19 during the dispensing of medicines.