Kochi: The centre has strengthened action to assure quality of allopathic medicines in market. As part of this move, 108 drug inspectors were appointed under Drugs Control General with an official order.
Nowadays, number of drugs, manufacturers and sellers are increasing day by day. It was observed that the department of pharmaceuticals is not efficient to check the quality of medicines. Hence, the centre has appointed drug inspectors to resolve the complaints. The drug inspectors should perform the duties prescribed in section 21 and 22 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act ,1940.
As per this rule, the inspectors can inspect any places where drugs and cosmetics are manufactured, stored, exhibited or sold. They have the power to search any person who are connected to the sale and manufacture of drugs and cosmetics.
A drug inspector is also empowered to stop and search any vehicle or vessel which is used for carrying any drug or cosmetics. At the same time, state drugs control department is carrying out inspections at retail shops.
Experts stated that drug inspector should be appointed in the ratio of one inspector for 200 medical stores. But in a state like Kerala, it is not possible to appoint such huge number of drug inspectors. Hence, drug inspectors appointed by the centre will benefit the state. Apart from retail stores, the central government staff will inspect manufacturing units of drugs and cosmetics.