Chemists’ associations warn consumers against fake drugs

ST Correspondent
Friday, 9 February 2018

“The company appoints distributors and the association has a list of these distributors and retailers should take medicines from registered distributors only,” said Patil.

PUNE: Maharashtra Chemists Association has warned customers against fake drugs and encouraged consumers to buy medicines from reputed medical shops only. 

The association shared their guidelines after the Mumbai police confiscated fake drugs worth Rs 75,000 and arrested the culprits on Friday. These medicines were identical to ‘Calcimax-500’, but were fake.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Madan Patil, Organising Secretary of Maharashtra Chemists Association, said that every company has authorised distributors. “The company appoints distributors and the association has a list of these distributors and retailers should take medicines from registered distributors only,” said Patil.

Chemists Association of Pune District also said customers should not take medicines with different batch numbers. “If customers have medicines with different batch numbers, they should get back to the distributor and not take the medicines until they have a correct bill,” said Vijay Changedia, Secretary of Chemists Association of Pune District.  

He said medicines have a maximum of 15 to 19 per cent margin, and giving a discount of 30 to 40 per cent is not possible. The association said the customer should not fall for such deals.

Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials were unavailable for comments despite several attempts to contact them.

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