With no drug as­ses­sors, phar­ma­cies make hay

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The depart­ment of AYUSH has claimed that tra­di­tional medicines were fast catch­ing up but has failed to fill up the post of drug in­spec­tor who check shops sell­ing the medicines.

The state does not have a sin­gle drug in­spec­tor for ho­moeopa­thy; the post fell va­cant after bi­fur­ca­tion, said an of­fi­cial.

There were three posts of drug in­spec­tor for Ayurveda and two for Unani. After the bi­fur­ca­tion, the state is left with one drug in­spec­tor each for ayurveda and unani.

“Ayurveda, unani and ho­moeopa­thy are dif­fer­ent, it is im­pos­si­ble for a drug in­spec­tor to in­spect all the med­i­cal stores,” said a drug in­spec­tor.

With the num­ber of pri­vate clin­ics of­fer­ing tra­di­tional medicines hav­ing gone up, new phar­ma­cies have come up and are be­ing run with­out li­cences.

A drug in­spec­tor said, “We come to know of such phar­ma­cies when the po­lice or lo­cals ap­proach us with a com­plaint.”

The drug in­spec­tors have to not only check the records and stocks at the phar­ma­cies but they also have to col­lect sam­ples and send them to the lab­o­ra­to­ries for anal­y­sis. Due to the short­age of staff, this is presently not be­ing done.

Mr A. Ra­jen­dar Reddy, in­charge com­mis­sioner, AYUSH, said the depart­ment had in­formed the gov­ern­ment of the sit­u­a­tion, and the posts would be filled up soon.

“We are also writ­ing to the gov­ern­ment to in­crease the num­ber of posts of drug in­spec­tors to ef­fec­tively check fraud­u­lent phar­ma­ci­ies. Re­cruit­ments will be done through Te­lan­gana Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion,” he said.

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