Lahore—Despite a crackdown against sale of spurious medicines and sealing of around 200 medical stores which were running without pharmacist, several brands of unapproved,unregistered medicines of different categories including aphrodisiac, allopathy, Unani and herbal are still available in the market.
Sources associated with manufacturing of medicines revealed here that mostly such unregistered brands sold aphrodisiac medicines which were smuggled in from bordering countries.Over 34 brands of different medicines including aphrodisiacs are available in markets and being sold easily.
It is worth stating here that a pharmacist must have a license for a medical store but unfortunately scores of pharmacists “rent” their name to operate medical store and reach medical store in case of any “emergency”,said a source.
Sources said besides aphrodisiac medicines a number of nutrauceutical (food supplements),herbal,cosmetics medicines ,ayurvedic medicines, unani-medicines,Siddah medicines,Homeopathic medicines,bio-chemic medicines and Tibi medicines were being sold in markets openly without any registration from Drug Regulation Authority Pakistan.
A patient said,”unfortunately, there is no online data of prices from any pharmaceutical company to check rates of any medicine being marketed in the country”.
A number of people have therefore suggested to the government to direct all the pharmaceutical companies to provide data of drug prices online to protect the rights of consumers and discourage profiteering.