Chemist shop at GMSH shut down for selling drugs without prescription

The only chemist shop in Government-Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH),Sector 16 was closed down today following checks by the UT Health department...

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 26, 2009 1:34 am

The only chemist shop in Government-Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH),Sector 16 was closed down today following checks by the UT Health department,which found the owner selling the ScheduleH drugs without doctor’s prescription.

According to the Health department,the chemist,Hospital Medical and Surgical Store,sold the drug to a decoy customer. The department has issued showcause notice and the sale or purchase operations were stopped with immediate effect. “A further decision on the shop would be taken after the reply of the showcause notice is received,” said an official.

Another chemist shop in Sector 16-D market,Nav Bharat Medical Hall,also met the similar fate after checks were conducted by the drug inspector.

“To have a check on the observance of rules by the chemists,a decoy customer was sent to purchase the Schedule H drug—Augmentin 625 Duo tablet and Eltroxin tablet,from these two chemist shops. Both of them sold these drugs and issued cash memo to the customer without the prescription and without mentioning the name of the doctor in violation of the Drug and Cosmetic Act,” the official stated.

Meanwhile,the common man bore the brunt of the check at GMSH. Patients were a harassed lot,especially ones admitted in the Emergency ward.

“It was sheer harassment as the chemist shop was closed in the morning and we had no option but to go and purchase the medicine from outside. The department must have ensured some alternate arrangement for the patients,” said Rajdeep Singh,an attendant at the hospital.

For others like Kiran Bala,who had come to get her son treated for a road injury,it was a waste of time. “I was alone and had no conveyance to go from the hospital to the market. It took me a long while to procure the prescribed medicines.”

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