Show-cause notices sent to 6 chemists, wholesaler in Beed


, TNN | Jun 6, 2012, 05.46AM IST

 

PUNE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on Tuesday took action against six medical stores and a drug wholesaler in Beed for not maintaining sale records of abortion pills and injectibles. Most of the erring medical stores were either located within a maternity hospital or were catering to nearby hospitals, officials said. Show-cause notices were issued to the six medical stores and an FIR was lodged against the wholesaler for hiding sale details of second trimester abortion-inducing drug vecredil.

“Since June 3, we have conducted surprise raids at 23 medical stores in Beed and adjoining talukas, including Parli. During inspection, we took stock of abortion medicines and injectibles sold, and assessed the sale recorded of these drugs. Upon scrutiny, we found six medical stores at fault for not maintaining proper sale records of these drugs. Besides, a wholesaler was also found hiding sale details of abortion drug vecredil,” S S Mohite, assistant commissioner (drugs), Thane, told TOI on Tuesday. Mohite is in-charge of the inspection drive in Beed.

The sale records of abortion drugs in all its forms and types were inspected during the drive. “Records of abortion drugs like misoprostol, MTP (medical termination of pregnancy) pill, stytolog and vecredil, among others, were checked during the inspection drive,” Mohite said

Misoprostol is a combination of two types of abortion-inducing drugs – mifeproston and misoprostol. “It is used as first- and second-trimester abortion-inducing drugs. Sytolog is another combination of mifeproston and misoprostol. Vecredil is a second-trimester abortion-inducing drug. All these drugs are marketed by companies under different brand names,” said senior gynaecologist Charuchandra Joshi, former president of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society, Pune branch.

“Most of the medical stores that were found to be at fault were located within the premises of private hospitals having maternity wards. We issued them show-cause notices under Rule 65 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940,” Mohite said.

Of the six medical stores that were issued show-cause notices, two were from Parli. “Of the two medical stores in Parli, one was located within the premises of a maternity hospital and one was catering to hospitals nearby,” he added.

Besides Beed and Parli, officials also raided medical stores in talukas in Beed district like Madalgaon, Kej, Ghevrai and Shirur. As many as 12 drugs inspector conducted the checks, Mohite said.

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