The Pune division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an ambitious drive to check whether there have been irregularities in the sale of abortion pills. As many as 37 pharmacists including 28 retail chemists were inspected,this included seven wholesale chemist shops and two doctors. B R Masaal,Joint Commissioner,FDA,Drugs said on Thursday.
Following the unearthing of foetuses in Beed district,the state government has decided to conduct month-long inspections to implement the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT). As part of the drive to implement the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act and check irregularities in sale of abortion pills,the FDA has sent its teams across the state. In Beed,the FDA has issued show cause notices to 21 chemists and filed FIR against three chemists. Two have been arrested,Assistant Commissioner,FDA,Aurangabad Viraj Paunikar told Newsline. The irregularities pertained to not issuing bills to the customers and not keeping records of the sale. In two cases,the FDA has shut down two chemists shops at Beed.