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Six medical agencies get show-cause notices

JatinderKohli , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, December 08, 2013
First Published: 20:19 IST(8/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(8/12/2013)

 In a bid to tighten grip over the functioning of medical agencies in the district, the health department issued show-cause notices to six wholesalers after finding irregularities in their records of medicines.

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Of the six medical wholesale agencies, the department had conducted inspection on five agencies on various occasions last year but some of officials of the department had been sitting on the files and notices were not issued to them.

A time of 21 days has been given to the six agencies to send reply to the department.

The action came after the arrest of Kamal Rai Chawla, the owner of local Pratham Medicos, by the
Patiala police in November into Rs. 100-crore drugs haul case of Karnal (Haryana) unearthed in December, who was also prosecuted by the local authorities after two years in two cases.
The authorities had found intoxicants and allopathic medicines at Chawla's godown, which were seized in July 2011 and December 2012.

On April 3, 2012, the drug authorities raided Medico Medicines in Dilkusha market and seized physician samples and others drugs from the shop.

The authorities then inspected Harpartap Medicines and General store in Dilkusha market on July 9, 2012, and found that it had not maintained purchase record and further did retailing.
Mohan Lal and Sons was also inspected by the authorities on November 16, 2012, and no purchase record of some of medicines was found at the shop.

The team of drug inspector also failed to find the purchase record of five types of medicines at AR Brothers in Dilkusha Market, when it raided the shop on December 2, 2011.

Similarly, Universal Distributors in the said market, was also raided by the drug inspectors' team on November 16, 2012.

Sunil Medical Agencies was the only medical agency to which the department had issued notice of 40 days after raiding it on October 25 this year. The team had not found purchase and sale record of some of the medicines.

An official in the drug department showed that files of five medical agencies on which raids were conducted in 2011 and 2012 were buried in dust and no one earlier thought about issuing notice to them.

The official said that action would be taken after the reply of the six medical agencies.

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