Citizens for strict action on medicines’ artificial price hiking

Citizens of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Wednesday urged the authorities concerned to take strict action on artificial price hiking of medicines by some medical store owners. According to them, there is a need to have frequent surprise visits of these medical stores by concerned officials to maintain prices of medicines as per approved rates.
Aamir Sohail, a citizen said that Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has an important role to play in this regard to ensure fulfillment of all laws by the medical stores and pharmaceutical companies.
He said that it is also the responsibility of DRAP to ensure controlling the prices of medicines on approved rates in the open market.
He also asked to have check on sale of sub-standard and spurious drugs by the medical stores. He said only experienced pharmacists with having relevant degrees should be allowed to deal with the customers at medical stores.
“While playing with the lives of others, many medical stores avoid to follow concerned laws while giving the jobs of sales managers to those who do not have even basic knowledge about medicines,” a citizen Kaleem Sadiq said.
He asked to ensure deputing only pharmacists at medical stores with having relevant qualification on the subject to protect the customers from dealing with complications due to use of any wrong medicine from hands of illiterate sales managers.
Aleem Khan, another citizen said that pharmaceutical companies should consider the seriousness of the matter and deliver stock to only those medical stores where all concerned laws are followed.
He suggested conducting regular surprise visit by the teams of DRAP to the medical stores to check any sale of sub-standard or spurious drugs besides following other laws including price hike.
When contacted, an official of DRAP said that the authority will continue its campaign against the spurious and unregistered drugs by its national task force with its full strength till the complete eradication of this heinous crime.
He said that with the support of provincial governments, DRAP is determined to grab the culprits with iron hands and in this regard various activities have been done by DRAP with provincial governments.—APP

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