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Alchemist Hospital’s drug store sealed for violating norms

The Food and Drugs Authority raided two prominent private hospitals in Panchkula and sealed a drug store in one of them.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: January 1, 2012 1:48:30 am

The Food and Drugs Authority raided two prominent private hospitals in Panchkula and sealed a drug store in one of them.

The officials of the department inspected the Alchemist Hospital in Panchkula and found that it was not following rules and regulations while selling and storing drugs.

“We inspected the store of the Alchemist hospital,housed on the ground floor,and pharmacy unit and found many rules were not being followed. After the inspection we sealed the store,” said Panchkula Drug Control Officer Pooja Chaudhary. “We would have also sealed the pharmacy unit of the hospital,but due to heavy rush of the patients,we did not do so.”

Chaudhary said that many medicines that were supposed to be kept in a refrigerator were not kept in it. They also did not keep a record of the medicines as required under the law.

The spokesperson of Alchemist Hospital did not comment about the sealing of the store.

Earlier in the day,the officials of the department raided National Skin Hospital India in Panchkula and sealed medicines which were being sold in the hospital without any licenses.

Chaudhary said that the hospital was running the chemist shop without any proper license.

“The hospital is not authorised to sell medicines,so we sealed medicines worth Rs 50,000 to 70,000,” said Chaudhary.

The owner of the hospital Dr Vikas Sharma said that the raid of the drug department was illegal.

“The medicines at the hospital was being sold to poor patients. And importantly,under the law,the doctor can keep medicines for his patients,” Sharma said.

The raids at the various private hospitals in Panchkula were conducted on the directions of the state drug controller after complaints that the hospitals were not following set rules.

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