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Haryana pharmacy council writes to DHS to stop nurses from dispensing drugs in PHCs & CHCs

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, New Delhi
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Taking serious note on the issues raised by the registered pharmacists in the state, the Haryana State Pharmacy Council (HSPC) has written to the Director of Health Services that unless the department complies with Section 42 (sub section 1) of the Pharmacy Act 1948, the council will be forced to initiate action against violators of the section.

The council wanted the government to stop nurses and midwives from dispensing drugs to patients in primary health centres and community health centres.

Those who are found to be defying laws will be liable for penal action including cancellation of registration as per the Act, wrote Arun Parasher, registrar of the council. He said all legal and official modes of penal actions will be initiated against such violators.

According to the act, whoever contravenes the provisions of the act shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with a fine or both.

Speaking to Pharmabiz, the registrar said HSPC has also decided to serve notice to the chemists and druggists association (pharmaceutical traders) of Haryana within one month to appoint registered pharmacists to dispense drugs in their medical shops. Both the retailers and wholesalers will be served notice. If the traders do not follow the norms of Pharmacy Act, the council will turn against them too, he said.

The state has more than 35,000 registered pharmacists and majority of them are unemployed. The government is not recruiting the pharmacists for the healthcare sector and not filling up the vacant posts of pharmacists. Referring to a letter the council received from pharmacist association, he said medicines in PHCs and CHCs are dispensed by ANM and GNM staffs. As per Pharmacy Act and Drugs & Cosmetics Act, medicines should be dispensed to a patient by a registered pharmacist only. This rule is flouted in the state of Haryana, he said.

“Several times we have requested the government to assign pharmacists for dispensing medicines in all the health centres in compliance with Section 42. We gave letters to the government; still ANMs are giving medicines to the patients in the PHCs and CHCs. Pharmacist associations want the council to take the issue with the government for appropriate action. So, we are forced to give notice to the health department for their intervention in this matter. If there is no solution from the government, we will take action against the violation as per Pharmacy Act,” said Parasher.

He said the council is aggressively trying to get the approval of the government for appointing Pharmacy Inspectors. Earlier, the council had approached the government with the same request, but was denied. For a second time, it will write to the government for approval for assigning duties of Pharmacy Inspectors with working pharmacists.

When contacted the drug controller, Narender Kumar Ahooja, he said all over Haryana, 15,000 medical shops are operating, but most of them have registered pharmacists. Although there was a shortage of pharmacists before ten years, the state has sufficient number of qualified pharmacists at present. However, a few medical shops are running without pharmacists. Regarding enforcement, Ahooja said the department has sufficient number of drug inspectors and ADCs and there is no post remains unfilled.


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Augustine P P Aug 28, 2019 2:59 PM
The Haryana State Pharmacy Council did a good job. But they have to walk a long way for implementation of the Act.
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