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22 pharmacy owners fined for selling expired, fake medicine

  • Published at 11:12 pm June 20th, 2019
pharmacies- Fake medicine-Syed Zakir Hossain
Officials check the medicines being sold at a pharmacy in Dhaka during a raid on Thursday, June 20, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A mobile court of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the Directorate of National Consumers' Right Protection (DNCRP) conducted a drive in the city’s Green Road area on Thursday, during which it fined 17 pharmacies

Twenty-two pharmacy owners have been fined a total of Tk31.3 lakh for selling date-expired, fake and contraband medicine in Dhaka.

A mobile court of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the Directorate of National Consumers' Right Protection (DNCRP) conducted a drive in the city’s Green Road area on Thursday, during which it fined 17 pharmacies.

RAB Executive Magistrate Md Sarwar Alam said the mobile court raided Best One Pharma, Taj Pharma, Save Pharma, Sibi Pharma, Star Pharma, Haque Departmental Store, Haque Pharmacy, Rasel Pharmacy, Tajwar Pharma, The Green Pharmacy, Real Pharma, Al Razi Departmental store, Shahin drug house, Seven-Eleven Drugs, Decent Pharma, ABC Pharma and Medicine Corner in Green Road and fined them Tk30.5 lakh.

The mobile court also sentenced the owner of Haque Pharmacy to three months in prison, and sealed the Real Pharma shop, he added.

Meanwhile, Dhaka divisional and district officials conducted a drive in the city’s Vatara, Segunbagicha and Badda areas and fined Tk75,000 to the owners of Brothers Pharmacy, Bijoy Pharmacy, Sheba Medical Hall and Bikrampur Pharmacy for selling expired medicine, said a DNCRP press release.

The officials also fined Tk5,000 to Fariha General Store for not mentioning the minimum retail price on the medicine packages, the press release further said.

Speaking at a press conference at the Secretariat on Thursday ahead of the government’s Vitamin A-Plus campaign, Director General of Drug Administration Maj Gen Md Mahbubur Rahman said 370 cases had been filed and Tk58.57 lakh had been collected in fine from pharmacies across Bangladesh for storing and selling expired medicine in six months.

Replying to a question, he said action would be taken against pharmacies that are operating without proper licence, and more drives would be conducted to find adulterated medicine.