Violation of Law: ‘Drug licenses issued to non-technical persons’

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Srinagar:  Pharmacy Council in Jammu and Kashmir have been allegedly issuing ‘Drug Licenses’ to non-technical persons, a practice that had been banned under Pharmacy Act which was amended two year’s back by the state Assembly.

Highly placed sources told CNS that scores of persons lacking diploma in B and D Pharma are in possession of drug licenses and have been running private medical shops across Kashmir Valley.

Two year’s back the then Health Minister Taj Mohiuddin had brought amendments in the Pharmacy Act. “Earlier a matriculate or a graduate was also entitled for the drug license. The Act was amended and it was made mandatory for the license holder to have diploma in either B Pharmacy or D Pharmacy,” Taj Mohiuddin said adding that any violation in this regard can land an accused in Jail.

Sources said that during the Lal Singh’s tenure as Health Ministers, the norms were floated and every ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ was issued drug license. “The irony is that assistants for compounders working at medical shops are also issued such licenses on the recommendations of the compounders.”

Despite repeated attempts Director Drug Controller who heads the Pharmacy Council could not be contacted. (CNS)

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