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Expiry date, price must clear on drug: HC

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:51 PM, 19 July 2019   Updated: 05:52 PM, 19 July 2019

The High Court has directed the Department of Drug Administration for step to make clear the expiration date, production date and price on the drug.

The court appreciated the government concerned for operating expired drug seizure and destruction. The court said, ‘it is commendable job. The court also advised to carry on the campaign and said ‘it should be kept running. Everyone should be aware.’

After the report submission following the writ’s hearing on expired medicine, a High Court bench comprised of Justices FM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order on Thursday.

The Department of Drug Administration, Department of Consumer Rights Protection jointly submitted this report to the attorney general's office on Tuesday. This came to the proceedings on Thursday for the hearing on the court.

On behalf of the writ petition, Advocate ABM Altaf Hossain was in the court while Deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar was on behalf of the state. And Advocate Kamruzzaman Kochi was in favor of consumer rights.

Lawyer Kamruzzaman Kochi said that, ‘the operation is ongoing process. The law provides for a maximum fine of Tk 50,000.’

He said that the drive had been operated in 17 pharmacies. Of them, expired medicines have been found in 8 pharmacies.

 ‘This is the era of technology. Though the newspaper is not available everywhere, but television is! Even television is available at remote riverine areas too. So think whether (you) can advertise in electronic media aiming to conscious people. Although it is subject of money, it will help to increase public awareness,’ the court asked the state prosecutor.

The court said, the production date, expiration date and price should be clear on the drug. Many people do not understand English but our drugs are being exported. So these must be in both Bangla and English.

Responding to the court, the state prosecutor replied, “The campaign has been operated in accordance with the court order. Public notice has been circulated in the newspapers. An inter-ministerial committee has been formed following the court order.”

The court said, "I would like to thank you for taking appropriate action." The campaign is commendable, the court also mentioned.

Presenting ore-saline, several injections, and a few drugs, including asthma, in court the petitioner's lawyer said that, ‘no steps were taken to make the period of medicine visible. They need to be clear.’

Later, the court order to make clear the production date, expire date, and value on the drug; and fixed the next hearing on August 22.

According to the submitted report by the Department of Medicine Administration on Tuesday, the expired medicine of Tk 36 crore 41 lakh 95 thousand has been seized and destructed. And 152 cases have been filed. Mobile court has fined one crore and Tk50 lakh for keeping expired medicines. These were found in the report submitted by Director General of Drug Administration Department, Major General Md. Mahbubur Rahman.

Earlier, the High Court directed the government to take necessary steps against sale, reserve of expired drugs on June 18. At the same time, the court also asked to submit reports within 30 days, regarding the measures taken against the accused.

On May 10, Deputy Director of Consumer Rights Protection Director Manzur Mohammad Shahriar said “In Dhaka city, about 93 percent of pharmacies has expired medicines.”

On June 17, Justice Watch Foundation Executive Director Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, the Supreme Court lawyer filed a writ attaching a report published in the newspaper.