SRINAGAR: During the fortnight long special drive conducted by the Drug & Food Control Organization (D&FCO), Kashmir, as many as 859 drug sale establishments were inspected by various teams of the Organization from May 12 to 24.
During the drive, as many as 130 licences of drug sale establishments were suspended in Kashmir division for violating the provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 & Rules.
As many as 130 Licences of 27 drug sale establishments were suspended in Anantnag and Kulgam districts, 36 in Pulwama and Shopian districts, 25 in Budgam district, 12 in Ganderbal district, 07 in Baramulla district and 23 licences were suspended by the divisional team in various districts of Valley. Besides, 23 medical shops across the Valley were put on the show cause notices.
Moreover, as many as 25 unlicensed drug sale establishments were sealed by various teams which was supposed to conduct inspections across north and south of the Valley.
Moreover, a record number of drug samples have been lifted by the Organization for test/analysis in order to ascertain their quality.
During this special drive, the chemist fraternity was once against educated regarding the provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 especially with regarding to sale of schedule H1 drugs.
In case of any complaint with regard to Drugs/Medical Shops, the general public is requested to lodge complaint on the helpline of the department of Drug & Food Control Kashmir viz 0194-2495191.