90pc Punjab medical stores lack pharmacists

Lahore—Despite massive crackdown launched by the Drug Inspectors in Punjab, on the direction of the Chief Drug Inspector Punjab, around 90 per cent medical stores are being run without a pharmacist in the province.
This was stated by Patients Rights Forum Chairman Noor Mehar Advocate while talking to APP here on Sunday. He said that hundreds of medical stores had been sealed in the province for not having pharmacists, which is a good move on the part of the government.
To a question, he said that there are over 20,000 medical stores in Punjab, while 4,000 are operating only in Lahore, and 85 per cent of those are being run without pharmacists.
When asked about the condition of other provinces, he said that over 90 per cent medical stores are operating without pharmacists in other provinces. He regretted that even an Assistant Dispenser was also allowed to run a medical store in other provinces.
During the current crackdown on the medical stores, being run without pharmacists, over 200 have been sealed in Punjab so far, he added.
He said that the Drug Court in Lahore gave a verdict a few weeks ago to seal all medical stores which are being run without pharmacists. The judge had directed Punjab Chief Drug Inspector Dr Zakaur Rehman to take action against the medical stores which are being run without pharmacists.—APP

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