State govt to levy fine on medicine norm offenders

Neha Basudkar
Thursday, 11 October 2018

Girish Bapat said, “It was discussed in the Cabinet meeting to levy fine on medicine manufacturers, sellers or pharmacists, so that the offenders will get a lesson as not to violate any norm as they will have to end up paying a huge amount  depending on the gravity of the offence. Once the law is passed, the things will be more clear.”

PUNE: As per the State Cabinet’s new decision, the medicine manufacturers, pharmacists or sellers would have to pay a fine for flouting the norms. Earlier, the punishment for various offences included suspension or cancellation of their licences. Meanwhile, the decision does not mention the particular amount to be paid as fine.

District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat said, “It was discussed in the Cabinet meeting to levy fine on medicine manufacturers, sellers or pharmacists, so that the offenders will get a lesson as not to violate any norm as they will have to end up paying a huge amount  depending on the gravity of the offence. Once the law is passed, the things will be more clear.”

A senior official from Food and Drugs Administration said, “Earlier, if there was any kind of violation from the medicine manufacturer, seller or pharmacist, then the Joint Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for Medicine Manufacturing and Sales respectively had the powers to suspend or cancel their licence. But this used to take time till the hearing was taken up by the court or the Ministry and during this period of time they were free to continue with their business. Now, the fine will make them realise their mistake and they would not repeat the offence again.”

Sushil Shah, President of Drug and Chemist Association, said there are 75,000 pharmacists all over India and 60,000 are registered with them. He said, “Personally, I feel the fine should not be levied because that is not the real punishment to be given to the offender. If the licence is cancelled or suspended, the pharmacist suffers losses at the businesses and this fear would impede them from repeating any kind of rule-breaking again. If the fine is levied there will be no seriousness about the offence made by them.” 

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