PUNE: Though it is the prime responsibility of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to check the authenticity of the medicines available in the market, the direct impact of duplicate or sub-standard medicines is on the consumers. However, consumers are unaware of how to check medicines, noted experts.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Prasanna Patil from Chemists Association of Pune District said most of the patients look for the company name and expiry date on the medicine.
“The duplication rate in the State is not more than two per cent, which is low compared to others. However, consumers should be cautious. The Calcimax drug confiscated in Mumbai was a calcium tablet and so the consumer did not suffer too many problems. But in case of a life-saving drug, the result can be death. Hence, it is important for consumers and pharmacists to be cautious,” said Patil.
He added that consumers should prefer buying medicines from their own authorised chemists. A pharmacist, Ketan Patil, said many consumers do not pay attention to the time span in which the medicines are showing effect.
“The consumers are unaware about what is the ideal time and how the medicines should take effect. In case a patient is using diabetes medicine and it does not show any effect they should try using another medicine with the same composition to see the effect,” said Patil.
RP Chaudhari, Assistant Commissioner of Zone 1 in FDA Pune, said consumers should feel free to lodge a written complaint with the FDA if they come across anything suspicious. “Patients and consumers should make it a point to inform the FDA about the discrepancies.,” said Chaudhari.
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- State Secretary of Indian Medical Association Dr Parthiv Sanghvi said consumers should avoid over-the-table drugs. Consumers should visit registered and reputed chemists and prefer prescriptions for medicines to safeguard themselves from duplicate drugs, he added.
- President of IMA, Pune Chapter, Dr Prakash Marathe said duplicate drugs can have less effect. “The patients should be more cautious while purchasing drugs and look for proper composition in it,” said Dr Marathe.