Eight licences have been suspended for violating various provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945, during the current financial year till September 30, FDA Director Salim A Veljee said.
    
This was done after conducting 312 inspections and issuing show cause notices to 60 retailers, of whom 45 were left with a warning, he said.
    
The action comes in the wake of increasing possibility of pharmacies supplying psychotropic substances as an alternative to narcotics in the tourist coastal belt.
    
During the last financial year, 22 licences of retailers were suspended after 558 inspections and issuing 130 show cause notices, Veljee said. The last fiscal saw 92 retailers being warned. Of the 22 suspended licences, six were from the coastal belt.
    
"Not all the violators were found involved in selling psychotropic substances without prescription but they were also involved in other violations, like running the pharmacy without pharmacist, not maintaining relevant statutory purchase and sales records for scheduled or prescription drugs," the FDA official said.
    
There were billing irregularities like not recording proper names of the prescriber or patient details on the cash memos, stocking of expired drugs, among others, he said.

(Agencies)

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