Food Safety and Drug Administration dept carried out inspections at 59,000 premises.
In 2018-19, a total of 55,170 sales premises were inspected to check if the drugs were being sold as per the norms and regulations. At least 1,195 drug manufacturing units have also been inspected to check for the quality of the drugs in the city, while about 2,169 hospitals and medical stores and 1,148 blood banks were also inspected during the same time.
“A number of suspensions were issued, sample testing is being made stringent and quality of drugs is being supervised annually. The licences of the dealers who are found violating the regulations will be suspended, as warnings have already been issued,” said K Sivabalan, director of Tamil Nadu Drugs Control Department.
In the more than 10,000 drug samples that were tested, there were at least 304 that were declared not of standard quality. Based on these inspections, the department suspended 30 retail shop licences and 34 wholesale shop in the past one year.
Prosecution for violating the provisions under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act has been initiated against 378 dealers. Also, 397 dealers were prosecuted for sale of drugs without the supervision of pharmacist or without prescription of a registered medical practitioner.
Considering the high risk of maternal deaths due to abortion pills, the department has also conducted raids to check for its sale, and have initiated legal actions against 51 dealers for selling these pills without prescription.
Drug control authorities say that the inspection is done every month for drug samples to evaluate the quality, adding that the number of non-standard quality drugs keeps increasing every month.
- In all, 55,170 sales premises were inspected to check if the drugs are sold as per the norms and regulations
- At least 1,195 drug manufacturing units have also been inspected to check for the quality of the drugs
- In 2018-19, they inspected 2,169 hospitals and medical stores and 1,148 blood banks
- After testing more than 10,000 drug samples, at least 304 were declared not of standard quality
- Based on these inspections, the department suspended 30 retail shop licences and 34 wholesale shop licences