The Provincial Quality Control Board, acting on a report of the National Task Force, formed by the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) to ensure implementation of the Drug Act 1976 and DRAP Act 2012, has registered cases against 200 Pharmaceutical companies during an ongoing crackdown.
The Provincial Quality Control Board has also sent at least 74 cases to the drug courts for prosecution.
While the National Task Force is sending reports to the Federal Government of Pakistan on a daily basis to achieve the target of blocking spurious drugs in markets.
During the ongoing operation against the violators, the National Task Force has sealed as many as 23 pharma units so far across Punjab during the period of the last two months.
As per the details shared by the sources in DRAP, all the drug inspectors were performing their duties and inspecting pharmaceuticals units in the area falling in their jurisdiction. During the inspection of around the last two months, 23 medicine units including 21 herbal and two allopathic units in the city were sealed while over 130 samples of herbal, nutraceuticals, and allopathic drugs collected by the drug inspectors and sent to the drug testing labs for their analysis.
According to the details, the pharmaceutical units sealed were located three at Thokar Niaz Beg, 12 in Sundar Industrial State, two each on Ferozpur Road and Sheikhupura Road, two in Multan, and one each in Bahawalpur and Sheikhupura,
On the other hand, different health organizations including Pakistan Pharmacists Association and Drug Lawyers Forum have welcomed the initiative and termed it a step in the right direction to curb the spurious medicines.