More than 1,500 banned medicines fixed dose mixtures and medicines remain to be retailed.
Hyderabad: The 344 medicines that were expelled by the Centre in May 2016 carry on to be sold even on the outskirts as also in the urban areas, drug officers said.
Pharmacists who are not interrelated to the state Pharmacy Council and shops which do not have documented pharmacists on the staff are not aware of these growths. They are not kept back in the loop on statements regarding medicines, officers whispered.
A senior drug supervisor said more than 1,000 fixed dose mixtures and 500 medicines which have been in the market for more than 25 years have been banned in steps. “While the government has declared the ban, its implementation on the ground has been minimal. Pharmacists should join the network and stop the sale of these drugs,” he said.
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These medicines are existing even in areas on the city outer edge like Sha-mshabad, Hayathnagar, Shamirpet and Rajendranagar. The shops had not give back the medicines to the manufacturers, nor had the companies recalled them, an official whispered.
Mr. Sai Kumar, a pharmacologist, said, “Within the city bounds the drug inspectors are very strict but on the borders, the checking is done only from time to time. Therefore removal of banned medicines in these areas remains.” He said the ban orders required an accurate system to recognize it, which was not available in most small and medium pharmacies.
The fixed dose mixtures were banned for the reason that of their side-effects and also because there was indiscriminate medicine.