Health officials raid Balaji medical hall Bathinda

March 19, 2015 11:10 AM

CHANDIGARH: Acting on the directions of the Health Minister, Mr. Surjit Kumar Jyani to check the sale of habit forming drugs, intoxicants and spurious drugs in the state, Food & Drug Administration, Punjab has tightened its noose around the nefarious elements indulging in such activities.

In this regard, acting on a tip-off, Mr. Hussan Lal, Secretary Health cum Commissioner, Food & Drugs Administration, Punjab constituted 3 teams of Drugs Inspectors of district SAS Nagar and Patiala under the supervision of 2 Assistant Drugs Controllers Mr. Bhag Singh and Mr. Pardeep Mattu to raid the business premises and residential premises of two chemists of district Bathinda, who were reportedly involved in unethical trade of suspected, spurious & sub-standard quality of drugs under the wrap of "Physician Samples Not for Sale".

These teams raided the business premises of M/s Balaji Medical Hall, Hazi Rattan Chowk, Bathinda and succeeded in seizing 18 types of drugs labeled as ‘Physician Samples Not for Sale’ and drawn two samples for their quality check. Subsequently, the team raided the residential premises of Prop. of M/s Balaji Medical Hall, who was found stocking & exhibiting huge quantity of 89 types of drugs at hidden places, labeled as "Physician Samples Not for Sale" of doubtful quality. The team seized 13 samples to assess the quality of these drugs. Simultaneously, another team raided the business & residential premises of M/s Mohit Medicos, Aggarwal Colony, Bathinda from where 13 types of objectionable drugs were seized which were labeled as "Physician Samples Not for Sale". The total approximate value of the seized drugs vary from Rupees 7-8 lakhs.

In this spate, recently, the team of Food & Drugs Administration also raided licenced and unlicenced premises of certain chemists of District Sangrur & Barnala and succeeded in seizing drugs worth Rs 28 lakhs, labeled as "Physician Samples Not for Sale". The samples drawn out of aforementioned seized drugs from District Sangrur, four samples were found Spurious and ‘Not of Standard Quality’.
Mr. Hussan Lal said that FDA was keeping a vigilant eye on the activity of chemists and unscrupulous persons, who were indulging in such malpractices and would trap such anti-social elements. He said the defaulters would be dealt with sternly. He also added that the department officials who were working hard to nail the offenders would be honoured.

He disclosed that the department has decided to issue appreciation letter to Mr.Vinay Jindal, Zonal Licensing Authority who gave the lead in the recent cases of Sangrur and Bathinda.

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