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January 09, 2020 |

Menace of spurious drugs

The news of spurious and substandard drugs sold in the markets of Kashmir appears in the local media every now and then. It is nothing unusual if a racket is bust or a nexus is exposed by the drug officials. We find nothing unusual in the repeated occurrences of such ugly things. But even after occasional exposures and strict actions taken by the concerned officials it has been observed that the ill practice of selling spurious and sub standard dugs refuses to end. Since it entails huge profit making, many people find themselves tempted to make a killing out of this trade. So in order to make it impossible to acquire these drugs and then sell them in the markets stringent measure must be put in place. The action of sealing the shops found involved in this heinous crime does help in bringing the matter into public gaze, but need is to go beyond. The question that always nags is; why after a short spurt of activity these departments relapse into inaction. It is not a cynical way of looking at it. No doubt that if the department takes some action against the wrongdoers, it needs to be hailed, but at the same time people rightfully ask that in presence of a fully fledged department why is it that selling of substandard, spurious and expired drugs becomes possible? The latest revelation that apart from medical shops there are other places also where such drugs are sold and that too without any medical prescription, make the problem even more deep. If occasionally the concerned officials come out of the sloth, they should continue with their activism. They should lay siege to the racket that makes spurious drug selling possible in the valley. They need to unearth the sources wherefrom these drugs pour into valley. Unless those sources are decimated, spurious drugs will always keep finding newer outlets. 

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January 09, 2020 |

Menace of spurious drugs

              

The news of spurious and substandard drugs sold in the markets of Kashmir appears in the local media every now and then. It is nothing unusual if a racket is bust or a nexus is exposed by the drug officials. We find nothing unusual in the repeated occurrences of such ugly things. But even after occasional exposures and strict actions taken by the concerned officials it has been observed that the ill practice of selling spurious and sub standard dugs refuses to end. Since it entails huge profit making, many people find themselves tempted to make a killing out of this trade. So in order to make it impossible to acquire these drugs and then sell them in the markets stringent measure must be put in place. The action of sealing the shops found involved in this heinous crime does help in bringing the matter into public gaze, but need is to go beyond. The question that always nags is; why after a short spurt of activity these departments relapse into inaction. It is not a cynical way of looking at it. No doubt that if the department takes some action against the wrongdoers, it needs to be hailed, but at the same time people rightfully ask that in presence of a fully fledged department why is it that selling of substandard, spurious and expired drugs becomes possible? The latest revelation that apart from medical shops there are other places also where such drugs are sold and that too without any medical prescription, make the problem even more deep. If occasionally the concerned officials come out of the sloth, they should continue with their activism. They should lay siege to the racket that makes spurious drug selling possible in the valley. They need to unearth the sources wherefrom these drugs pour into valley. Unless those sources are decimated, spurious drugs will always keep finding newer outlets. 

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