Punjab’s drug control team, in a surprise check, on Friday seized 78 bottles of misbranded drug, suspected to be spurious or counterfeit, from a medical shop in Dilkusha Market in Jalandhar.
Informing this, the state Food and Drug Administration commissioner KS Pannu said that on receiving a lead about spurious or counterfeit medicines in the market, a team consisting of Drug Control Officers of Jalandhar and Kapurthala was constituted for the inspection of Dilkusha Market, Jalandhar.
“Investigation revealed that a drug having a lookalike packing was available in a medical store. One of the packing’s bore the name of manufacturing firm as mandatory under the Act, while the other did not have the same. Another contravention observed was that one packing had mention of drug as a ‘Schedule H Drug’ which is sold only on prescription of the doctor while the other didn’t,” he said.
Besides, being a case of misbranded drug, it is suspected to be spurious or counterfeit, said Pannu adding that four samples have been taken and sent for further investigation and the stock (of 78 bottles with 100 ml has been seized from Jalandhar.
In continuation to this, medical stores in Phagwara were also checked and 12 bottles of the same misbranded Vriclor syrup were seized from a medical store in Nangal Majha.
Swinging into action, the Commissionerate has constituted a special team to immediately investigate about the supply of the drug at C&F (carrying and forwarding) level.
Preliminary report revealed that about 4,300 bottles have been dispatched to various medical stores in the State out of which 800 have been seized so far.
“All the Drug Control Officers in the State have been asked to be vigilant about the same in their respective jurisdictions and weed out the misbranded product sans mandatory ‘Schedule H Drug’ declaration,” said Pannu.
He added that Drug Control Wing is conducting regular inspections of the medical stores to ensure compliance of Drugs and Cosmetics Act as well to check the illegal stock of habit forming drugs.