No shortage of drugs; strict actions against overpricing: Deputy Drug Controller

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Srinagar: On the directions of Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, a meeting was convened in the office of the Deputy Drugs Controller Kashmir with the wholesale Drug Association of Srinagar in regards to the availability of medicines in the district.

Similar meetings were also conducted at district levels, where officers took stock of the availability of medicines and other related issues with wholesalers and retailers in their respective jurisdictions.

It was given out that 200 boxes of anti-cancer drugs, insulin preparations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, diagnostic kits, reagents masks, hand sanitizers, test cartridges, and other allied products reached Kashmir Valley yesterday through Air Force. They were received by the Drug Control Department. These medicines and other allied products are being distributed among the health institutions and Pharma traders.

Concerned officers directed the Pharma Association to report any shortage of medicines to the Deputy Drugs Controller, Kashmir, so that same can be arranged for the patients well in time.

The Pharma dealers, who have to airlift their medicine from Delhi were asked to put up their requisitions, if any, well in advance, so the supply chain is not hampered. They were also advised that if any truck or vehicle carrying medicines is halted anywhere, same should be brought into the notice of authorities for its safe passage.

Enforcement staff was directed to maintain strict vigil over the price of drugs and medicines and were asked to initiate immediate action for profiteers and hoarders under the relevant laws.

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