Phar­ma­cists given two days to re­turn banned medicines

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

AF­TER the Union Health Min­istry banned fixed dose com­bi­na­tion (FDC) medicines - com­bi­na­tion of two or more drugs in a sin­gle medicine- the State Drugs Con­trol Depart­ment on Fri­day held a meet­ing with chemists and drug­gist as­so­ci­a­tions and in­structed them to re­turn all the FDC medicines within two days to avoid le­gal ac­tion against de­fault­ers.

K Siv­a­balan, Di­rec­tor of Drugs Con­trol Depart­ment, said “We have given a max­i­mum two days time. Phar­ma­cists who con­tinue to store FDC drugs for a longer time should give a proper ex­pla­na­tion. If it is a genuine rea­son, we will ex­am­ine and ac­cept it. If not, they will be pros­e­cuted. We have de­puted drug in­spec­tors to check all shops,” he said.

Mean­while, the State chemists and drug­gists as­so­ci­a­tion has in­structed all its mem­bers to fol­low the di­rec­tor’s in­struc­tions to avoid le­gal ac­tion.

Mean­while, the health depart­ment of­fi­cials said there are no banned FDC medicines in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals. So the pro­hi­bi­tion will not have any im­pact on gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

The Health min­istry banned 328 FDC drugs af­ter the Drugs Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Board said that there was no ther­a­peu­tic jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the medicines con­tained in those drugs and they may in­volve health risk.

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