27 unlicensed drug stores sealed in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 19 (UNI) In a special drive, the Drug and Food Control Organisation has sealed 27 unlicensed medical shops in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said today.

To prevent malpractice and supply of sub-standard drugs, the department has started special drive to check it, he added.

In a week-long drive, the spokesman said a specially constituted squad inspected 442 establishments and five manufacturing units.

In 40 establishments, the team found some deficiencies and penalised the offenders by suspending their licenses for a period ranging from two to five days, he added.

As many as 236 samples were sent to the drug testing laboratory for analysis. During inspection, the team also asked pharmacists to use Green Cross Emblem instead of Red Cross as per the directions of the department, the spokesman said.

During the drive, he said 150 shops changed the emblem and it was made clear that violation of this instruction would lead to non-renewal of their licenses.

So far, 27 complaints were registered and investigated, leading to sealing of 12 premises, the spokesman said.


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