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City tops in unlicensed pharmacies in State

No license for pharmacies

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By Aaditya Narayan
Bangalore, September 20, 2016: Bangalore has more than half the number of unlicensed pharmacies in Karnataka, reveal records in the Karnataka State Pharmacy Council (KSPC). In a bid to crack down on them, seven pharmacists in Rajajinagar and Yeshwantpur were booked by drug inspectors in August for not possessing licences.

Mr. H. Sreenivasa, Deputy Drugs Controller at the Karnataka State Drugs Control Department (DCD) said, “There are 51,536 registered pharmacists in Karnataka, with almost 30,000 of them being from Bangalore. There are unlicensed people running pharmacies, and the Drug Inspectors are doing their best to crack down on these.” At least three to four unlicensed pharmacies are shut down every month, he said.

Under the Pharmacy Act, a license must be obtained from the KSPC to run a pharmacy. The license is valid for two years and is issued in the name of the proprietor. After the two-year period, it is the proprietor’s responsibility to renew the license.
He also said that when pharmacies are not licensed, it becomes a challenge for the DCD to track the validity of the drugs being sold.

Karthic Vishwanathan, a resident of Rajajinagar, said, “I did not know about the required license for pharmacies. They sell most of the medicines I need, they are in the neighbourhood and are very convenient. I look only at the expiry date on the drug that is being sold to me.”

Mr. M.S. Niranjan, Professor at Government College of Pharmacy in Bangalore, said, “A lot of these unlicensed pharmacists are those who apply for licenses but the process gets stalled due to them not meeting the eligibility criteria under the Pharmacy Act. However, they go ahead and start their businesses. “




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