The AP Pharmacists Confederation Demands Action Against the Distribution of Illegal Drugs – APDCA

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In a recent plea to the director general of the Andhra Pradesh Drugs Control Administration (APDCA), the Andhra Pradesh Pharmacists Confederation (APPC) brought attention to a worrying pattern of the state’s lacklustre enforcement of laws against retail drug stores that break the law. The President of the APPC, Dr. Singanamala Suman Modi, has stressed in a lengthy letter how urgently the DCA must step in to address the widespread illegal practices in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Concerns about non-pharmacy proprietors giving patients medication prescriptions in the absence of licenced pharmacists were raised by the APPC. The DG of DCA was encouraged by Dr. Modi to forbid such practices, stressing that medical store owners ought to be limited to financial and administrative responsibilities rather than personally participating in medication administration.

Dr Modi emphasised that prescribing medications by people who are not licenced chemists is against Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code 1860, the Pharmacy Act 1948, and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. He contended that these actions amount to defrauding the public, raising questions about incorrect billing and the absence of chemist signatures on invoices.

The letter expressed concern about the possible threats to public health that could arise from unqualified people giving out prescription drugs. Dr. Modi emphasised the necessity for strict measures to purge the state’s drug market by pointing out the lack of reliable statistics on the effects of these actions.

Dr. Modi drew attention to the state’s lack of an appropriate Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting mechanism, which prohibits drug users from lodging complaints about retail establishments and side effects. To make it easier to file complaints, the APPC demanded that the phone numbers of the ADC office and drug inspectors be posted in front of every medical store.

The letter conveyed dissatisfaction with the drug control authorities’ seeming lack of concern for persistent problems. The APPC asserts that the issues continue because current regulations are not being enforced, in spite of multiple petitions and comments from drugstore groups.

Dr. Modi claimed that while many pharmacists in the AP still hold retail medication licences, a sizable portion of them have lost their registration as a result of late certificate renewals. The APPC requested the DCA to revoke these licences, stressing the need of acting quickly and according to renewal procedures.

The urgent need to combat impersonation, legal infractions, and other public health hazards related to illicit drug dispensing methods is highlighted by the APPC’s request. The letter demands that the DCA take prompt, thorough measures to protect the integrity of Andhra Pradesh’s pharmaceutical industry.

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