North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
In a bid to keep a tab on the illegal sale and purchase of habit forming drugs, the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) is conducting the regular checking of wholesale and retail sales Drugs Licensees, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, disclosed on Saturday.
He added that the FDA team of Amritsar had seized approximately 12 lakh tablets of Tramadol, having a Maximum Retail Price value of approximately Rs. 85 lakhs under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
A team consisting of Baleen Kaur, Drugs Control Officer, Amritsar and Karun Sachdev Zonal Licensing Authority (Drugs) had visited M/s Ravenbhel Pharmaceuticals (P) Ltd in Amritsar and found the “drugs” during a routine inspection.
Underlining the action taken against the wholesale and retail sale Drugs Licensees who were violating the restrictions laid by the Punjab Government, the Minister said that 701 licenses had been suspended.
Mr.Sidhu asserted that the Captain Amarinder Singh- led Punjab Government is committed to weed out drugs menace from the state and to achieve this target, strict action is being taken against the violators and defaulters. He added that State Government had restricted the sale of eight types of drugs, that is, drug formulations containing the narcotics drugs namely diphenoxylate, dextropropoxyphene, codeine, and their salts, psychotropic substances buprenorphine, pentazocine, nitrazepam, and their salts and tramadol & tapentadol in solid oral dosage forms.