Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday said the government will take stern action if any pharmacy sells date-expired medicine.
“There are 1,30,000 pharmacies in the country. If date-expired medicine is sold at any pharmacy, fresh action will be taken against it. We will not allow selling the expired medicine,” he said.The health minister came up with the statements while addressing a press conference at its ministry conference room in observance of the Vitamin A plus campaign.
The health ministry arranged the press conference.
Mentioning the present government’s commitment in ensuring proper health service, Zahid Maleque said that they will not tolerate such things that might be risk for health of the mass people.
Besides, the health minister urged the people for giving information to the concerned ministry or law enforcing agencies if they get any date-expired medicine at any pharmacy, in a bid to take action against it.
Expressing his disappointment over the news that 93 percent pharmacies keep date-expired medicines in the capital, he said such awful things will not be tolerated.
Health service division secretary Md Ashadul Islam said date-expired medicine may remain in even hundred percent medicine shops as date expiry of medicine is a continuous process.In the conference, Director General of Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) Major General Md Mahbubur Rahman said 370 cases have been filed in last six months and five were given imprisonment in allegation of keeping date-expired medicine.
“Our team is working against such medicine selling showing zero tolerance regularly,” he also warned.
Among others, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad, and Habibur Rahman Khan, Additional Secretary, Health Services Division, were present.