Waking up from its slumber after the seizure of huge quantity of pseudoephedrine by the Punjab police, the Himachal drugs department on Monday issued fresh orders asking managements of all pharmaceutical industries, engaged in manufacturing and using of raw drug materials, to submit complete detail of transactions to the department on monthly basis.
Any industry that would violate the order would face stringent action in accordance with the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
Earlier, the pharma units used to submit the details to the Narcotics Control Bureau on quarterly basis.
Meanwhile, the department has also slapped notices on the management of Montek Bio Pharmaceutical Company and MPB Pharma asking them to submit one-year record concerning stock, sale, purchase, production and use of all kind of medicines and raw materials within 10 days, failing which needed lawful action would be initiated against the erring units.
Earlier, the department had suspended the licence of GSB Pharma after the management had failed to submit the one-year old record of various business transactions to the department officials.
Notably, a team of the Patiala police had seized around six quintals of pseudoephedrine powder from the premises of Montek Bio Pharmaceutical Company at Bhatoli-Kalan near Baddi and MPB Pharma at Industrial Estate, Barotiwala, last week.
The raid was conducted following the arrest and subsequent revelations of JS Chahal, owner of Montek Bio-Pharma. He was arrested in connection with running a drug racket in association with suspended Punjab Police DSP Jagdish Bhola. The estimated cost of the seized drug was around Rs 600 crore in the international market.
“We have asked all pharma units covered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Drugs and Cosmetics Acts to submit the details of stock, utilisation, sale, purchase, production and related use of the drugs to the department on monthly basis to ensure the lawful use of raw material,” said state drug controller Navneet Marwah.
He said the managements of all pharmaceutical units, using raw drug material and covered on the list of the NDPS Act and Drugs and Cosmetic Act items, would besides submitting the details to the Narcotics Control Bureau would now submit the same to the state drugs department in the first week of every month, failing which stringent action would be initiated against the erring units.
All drug inspectors have been directed to ensure the tooth and nail implementation of the order in their respective districts and zones.
Marwah said since reported misuse of drugs, including pseudoephedrine, by the managements of certain pharma industries was a serious violation of the law, no one would be allowed to exploit the same in future across the state.