Citizens demand operation against counterfeit medicines in capital.


ISLAMABAD -- Citizens on Sunday demanded of the quarters concerned to start a massive operation against open sale of smuggled and counterfeit medicines at medical stores in different sectors of the federal capital.

According to them, the ongoing operation of bodies concerned was limited to few sectors and asked them to expand the scope of their drive against culprits who were playing with the lives of innocent people.

Kareem Khalid, a citizen claimed that there was an open sale of counterfeit medicines in I-10 sector at various medical stores but no one was here to take action against them.

He said the business of counterfeit medicines was running in an organized manner, adding action should also be taken against owners of some medical stores who were involved in unauthorized increase in prices of medicines.

Another citizen, Khalid Parvaiz complained that some illegal pharmaceutical companies had started supply of unauthorized medicines to medical stores at sectors including G-11, G-12 and G-13 taking advantage of limited visits of drug inspectors.

He suggested regular surprise visits of drug inspectors to these sectors to monitor the situation and stop such illegal business.

He said action should also be taken against sale of smuggled medicines in these sectors.

When contacted, an official from Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) said the authority had continued its operation in all sectors of the federal capital against unregistered and smuggled medicines.

He said a team of...

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