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HC to govt: No sale of antibiotics without prescription

  • Published at 05:49 pm April 25th, 2019
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The High Court bench also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain why selling antibiotic without prescription from registered doctors should not be declared illegal

The High Court has directed the director general of the Directorate of Drug Administration to issue a circular, so that deputy commissioners and civil surgeons can take steps to stop the sale of antibiotic drugs without a registered doctor’s prescription.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil, issued the order and rule on Thursday after hearing a writ petition in this regard.

According to the court order, the DG has to issue a circular (with High Court order) within two days.

The High Court bench also issued a rule asking the concerned government authorities to explain why selling antibiotics without a prescription from a registered doctor should not be declared illegal.

Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman stood for the writ.

Earlier, a writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking its directives to restrict the sale of antibiotics at pharmacies without a physician’s prescription.

The lawyer submitted the petition as public interest litigation on Wednesday, attaching a report of The Telegraph with the writ petition seeking necessary orders.

The writ also sought a ruling to explain why the sale of antibiotics without prescriptions should not be declared illegal.

The health secretary, public administration secretary, director general of department of Health Services, and deputy commissioners of all 64 districts, have been made respondents to the writ.

On April 22, a British newspaper, The Telegraph, published a report with a headline: “Superbugs linked to eight out of 10 deaths in Bangladeshi ICUs.”