Punjab's drug and food administration (FDA) officials seized drugs worth Rs 89 lakh from two medical stores during separate raids in the Sangrur zone on Saturday.
"Acting on tip-off, two separate teams of drug regulatory officers were dispatched to the areas of Dirba and Lehragaga," informed Hussan Lal, commissioner, drug and food administration.
He said M/s Garg Medical Agencies, Lehragaga, was found stocking and indulging in the sale and distribution of a large quantity of drugs in three unlicensed godowns near his licensed premises.
The raiding team seized many types of allopathic drugs, including Flucloxacillin, Oxytocin injection, Ceftriaxone injection, Pantaprazole, etc worth around Rs 85 lakh from these godowns.
"Nine samples of these drugs were suspected to be of doubtful quality and were taken for test and analysis. To it, proprietor Gian Chand wasn't having licences of these three godowns for authorised stocking of these drugs," said Lal.
"Investigation in this case is under progress to initiate legal action against the violator," said Lal, adding "Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, mandates that everyplace for storage of drugs should have license with arrangements for proper storage of drugs."
It is pertinent to mention that the punishment for such offences has been enhanced under the amended Drugs & Cosmetics Act. There is provision of not less than three years of rigorous imprisonment with fine Rs 1 lakh or three times the value of drugs seized, whichever is higher.
Meanwhile, on the basis of another tip off, the second team raided the premises of M/s Singla Medical Store at Dirba and found the firm allegedly involved in the unethical trade of habit forming drugs.
The team recovered potential habit forming drugs, including tablets of Alprazolam, Tramadol, Esctilopram and Clonazepam, etc, worth Rs 4,08,000 in possession of the proprietor without valid purchase and sales record.
"This case is under consideration and the department is thinking about suspending or cancelling his license," said Lal, informing that the drugs purchased without bill or from unapproved sources and stored under improper conditions could be of doubtful or poor quality.
He appealed to the public to purchase drugs from approved sources and must get bills from the chemist to ensure that the drug purchased was of standard quality.