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Nasim orders for drives against unlicensed medicine stores

Update : 10 Sep 2015, 07:33 PM

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday has asked authorities concerned to launch drives in order to stop unlicensed medical drug stores from operating across the country and also halt the issuing of new licences.

The minister came up with the directives at a view-exchange meeting with stakeholders who convened to devise ways to combat adulterated medicines. The direction came following a recent drive that hauled unlicensed medicine stores with unauthorised and adulterated medicines.

In the meeting, Nasim asked the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) to identify drug stores across the country which do not have licences. He asked the DGDA to make field visits and place a report as soon as possible.

A meeting source, seeking anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that the minister has asked the authorities concerned to conduct a population survey in different areas of the city and on the basis of that new licences of medicine stores would be issued.

According to DGDA sources, there are about 250,000 drug stores across the country, of which just 120,000 are licensed.

Nasim said drives will soon start in Dhaka city and the issuing of licences will remain suspended until the drives are over. He also sought cooperation from law enforcement agencies in this issue. 

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