Nearly 2,443 pharmacies not registered



By Don Asoka Wijewardena


Out of more than 6,000 drug stores in the country, around 2,433 private pharmacies have not been registered with the Health Ministry, according to the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU).


ACHSU General Secretary, Gamini Kumarasinghe said yesterday that most of the unregistered pharmacies sold substandard drugs. Some of them even sold prescription drugs over the counter in violation of the law, he added.


Kumarasinghe pointed out that the though the Cosmetic Devises and Drug Regulatory Authority (CDDCA) had intensified raids


on private pharmacies, some high ranking politicians defended the lawbreakers. The ACHSU chief added that the lives of patients were in danger due to the mushrooming of pharmacies manned by unqualified personnel and engaged in unlawful practices.


Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka said that the pharmaceutical business was a very lucrative one and it was being abused by some unscrupulous traders. The Minister had vested the respective Provincial Health Directors with powers to take legal action against illegal pharmacies, he said. Even Medical Officers of Health and Public Health Inspectors could conduct raids on any private pharmacy to check whether it conformed to the legally prescribed standards.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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