Punjab Drugs Regulators to Ensure implementation of Prohibition of Objectionable advertisement

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drugNewZNew (Chandigarh) : The Punjab government has directed the Drugs Regulators of the state to ensure the implementation of Prohibition of Objectionable Advertisement Act and initiate a special campaign to weed-out any objectionable advertisement with respect to misleading claims of the drugs displayed on prominent public places.

This was stated here today by Mr. Hussan Lal Secretary Health cum Commissioner, Food & Drugs Administration while presiding over meeting of State Drugs Advisory Committee.

Directing the officers to make sure that no objectionable material is highlighted in either the print media or electronic media through advertisements or any promotional messages. He has sought forceful implementation of the Drugs & Magic Remedies (Prohibition of Objectionable Advertisement) Act in the state. The Drugs Regulatory Officers were also directed to launch the mass campaign with immediate effect and to show their progress report till 31-12-2014, to effectively deal with the violators.

Tightening the grip on the chemists indulged in trading habit forming drugs, Mr. Hussan Lal said that no leniency in this matter would be tolerated by the Government. The Drugs Inspectors were asked to fast track the checking of the chemists to ensure that no person shall indulge in unethical trade of habit forming drugs and further to ensure attendance of registered pharmacist on the retail sale shops. He also directed the drug Inspectors to verify the compliance of cold chain maintenance in the supply chain of thermolabile drugs. Whosoever found not maintaining the cold chain; such licensees’ shall not be allowed to stock such drugs under the currency of their licences and shall be de-barred to stock such drugs.

Mr. Hussan Lal further said that the Zonal Licensing Authorities have been asked to initiate strict action against the retail sale chemists where the pharmacist remains absent. The condition of pre-inspection for renewal of retail sale & wholesale licences was waved-off and such renewal will be made on the basis of self appraisal / self declaration made by the applicant with respect to contraventions of last 5 years does not stand in his credit, he said.

The renewal of retail sale and wholesale licences shall be made within in period of one month from the date of application made by the licencee. The Zonal Licensing Authorities and Drugs Inspectors were directed to implement the provisions of Schedule H-1 strictly and to act in cases of non compliance.