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HC: Destroy expired medicines within 30 days

  • Published at 02:37 pm June 18th, 2019
File photo of a medicine shop in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The High Court also ordered a committee be formed to detect expired medicine and identify its suppliers

The High Court has ordered the government to take necessary action to stop the sale of expired medicine—and destroy or withdraw it from the market—within 30 days.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ petition in this regard, on Tuesday.

Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain presented the writ petition, while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.

Secretaries of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Home Ministry, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry of Industry; director generals of the Directorate General of Health Services, Drug Administration, and Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection; the inspector general of police; plus the chairman and convener of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries, were made respondents to the writ.

In a different directive, the High Court ordered the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection Deputy Director, Manjur Mohammad Sahrir, to submit a report based upon the statement he made at an event in Dhaka on June 10 – that received much media attention.

In his statement, Sahrir said 93% of the pharmacies in Dhaka sell expired medicines.

The court also ordered an independent investigation committee be formulated to detect expired medicine and identify its suppliers.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Mahfuzur Rahman filed the writ—annexing newspaper reports—on behalf of rights protection organization Justice Watch Foundation, on June 17.