Govt to review 14000 drug licenses in JK

Srinagar: In order to curb spurious drug menace in Kashmir Valley, the government has decided to cancel the drug sale licenses of those defying terms and conditions laid down in law.
Besides cancellation, the government has also decided not to issue any further licenses to persons with matriculation qualification and instead the licenses will be issued to aspirants with bachelors in pharmacy.
A local news agency quoting Taj Mohiuddin, minster for Health and Medical Education said that government will review 14000 licenses that have been issued 2001 onwards in Kashmir.
“We will see whether the license holders are using these licenses properly as per the guidelines set by the government. The problem of spurious drug menace is more rampant in small towns where the proprietors have either sublet their licenses or do not run the pharmaceutical shops themselves,” Taj said.
He said that department will move a proposal before the cabinet for issuance of an ordinance in this regard.
“We will press for an ordinance by virtue of which the pharmaceutical licenses would be issued only to applicants possessing bachelors in pharmacy and we will not entertain any of the applicants having matriculation qualification with five years of experience as is a norm present,” he added. “Till the cabinet meets, we have decided not to issue any license.”
He said that samples of drugs are being lifted from nook and corner of the state especially from the rural areas and small towns. “We cannot check the medicine at the entry points because it comes in bulk so we will have to apply other possible alternatives to curb this menace,” Taj said.
Pertinently, a government report on drug sample analysis submitted before the High Court has revaled 83 fresh samples, out of 3130 have been substandard.
Taj said that various agencies including Central Drug Control Organization (CDCO) is on job lifting samples from the state to test their efficacy.