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93pc pharmacies in Dhaka store expired medicines

Says consumer rights protection official
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
93pc pharmacies in Dhaka store expired medicines

Some 93 per cent of the pharmacies in the capital have stored expired medicines, said Manzur Mohammad Shahriar, a deputy director of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection.   He said most pharmacies in the country are at fault, as they keep some expired medicines in their shops. However, it does not mean that all the medicines in those pharmacies are past their expiry dates.

 

Shahriar made the disclosure while speaking at a programme on the occasion of World Food Safety Day at AKM Muhsin Uddin Milli Auditorium at Khamarbari in the capital yesterday (Monday).

The Bangladesh Supermarket Owners’ Association and the Bangladesh Food Safety Foundation jointly organised the event to celebrate World Food Safety Day for the first time. The day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018.

 “After investigating over the last six months, between November 2018 and April 2019, in the field, we have found that expired medicines are being sold at 93 per cent of the pharmacies in Dhaka city,” he said.

He said they have conducted mobile court drives at 200 pharmacies in different areas of the capital and found expired drugs at about 186 stores. He also said many medicine business establishments have been fined under the Consumers’ Protection Act for stocking medicines beyond their expiration dates. Also, some of the establishments have been temporarily shut down.   

Shahriar said the directorate has formed teams to monitor the markets so as to prevent such violations. “We have directed the drug stores to keep the expired drugs separated from other medicines and put the tag ‘Not for Sale’ on the packets,” he said, adding that “we are trying our best to make the pharmacy owners aware”.

Niaz Rahim, the president of the Bangladesh Supermarket Owners’ Association, said, “Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food because of the various programmes taken up by the government. While there is no fear of a food crisis, the major challenge now is to ensure safe food.”

The speakers pointed out at the event that 4.20 lakh people died every year around the world on account of food-borne diseases, leading to huge financial losses. It is not possible for the government alone to ensure safety in food; for that, they said, the consumers have to be alert.

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