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I had read about many incidents involving medicine shops selling fake drugs at the original cost to the consumers, and this was the first time saw some action being taken against the shops.

Unlicensed medicine shops have been mushrooming in rural areas of Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district in which they have been selling duplicate and substandard medicines without the knowledge of drug control officials. One racket was actively supplying substandard medicines and charging the original rate from  patients.

According to this news report,

Drug Control Squad led by drug inspector Mr Anjan Kumar Sahoo raided  different medicine shops of Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district and seized 6 illegal medicine shops in Balikuda and Jagatsinghpur areas. Five medicine shops were opened in front of Dasbatia primary hospital under Balikuda police station in which these shop owners have been selling substandard and fake medicines to the patients.

This raises so many questions…Though the practice of selling fake medicines is rampant all over the country, why don’t we hear much about the action taken on these medicine shops? Should we assume that no action is taken at all? How can we justify the plight of the patients? It is already difficult to suffer from poor health. Add to it that the medicines taken are fake and adulterated. And we are not even discussing the potential harmful effects of these fake medicines…

Researching this more, I found out that every state and union territory in India  has been assigned a Drugs Controller by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization. Their responsibilities include

Monitoring of quality of Drugs & Cosmetics, manufactured by respective state units and those marketed in the state.  Investigation and prosecution in respect of contravention of legal provisions.

When will this division of the government take more responsibility in discharging its duties?