`Delhi Govt to strengthen administration to check drug menace`

Sheila Dikshit said that Drugs and Cosmetics Act should be enforced effectively to curb the illegal trade and chemists must ensure that their sources of supply were reliable.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 22:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking "total intolerance" in
dealing with those involved in the trade of counterfeit drugs,
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Saturday said that the city
government will strengthen its administrative mechanism to
combat the problem effectively.

Addressing a seminar here, Dikshit said the Delhi
government will soon prepare an action plan to deal with the
menace of spurious drugs and also strengthen the State Drug
Control Department after duly examining the recommendations
made by Mashelkar Committee.

"I am concerned about the health of people... We will
not leave any stone unturned to root out the problem," Dikshit
said speaking at a seminar `Measures to combat counterfeit
drugs`.

Expressing concern over proliferation of spurious
drugs, Dikshit called for "total intolerance" against those
involved in the trade.

"India being the third largest in production of drugs
and 13th in terms of value must take serious steps to curb the
problem of spurious drugs. It is a global problem," she said.

Recently Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
conducted a nation-wide survey which revealed that 0.046 per
cent of the drugs sold were spurious, she said.

The chief minister urged All India Drugs Control
Officers Confederation, the organiser of the seminar, to make
every effort to check the menace.

She, further, said that Drugs and Cosmetics Act should
be enforced effectively to curb the illegal trade and chemists
must ensure that their sources of supply were reliable.

Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia suggested launching
of a toll free number to receive public complaints on spurious
drugs.

The conditions for issuing licence for sale of drugs
will be also strictly enforced, she said.

"It is also need of the hour to have an adequate
testing laboratory to ensure that the suspected samples are
tested expeditiously," Walia said.

PTI