Pharmacy gets Notice for Selling Medicines meant to Treat Animals

22nd Nov, 2017

THANE : A pharmacist and partner of a pharmacy in Naupada have been booked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allegedly selling drugs to patients, which were wrongly labelled and meant to treat animals.

Assistant commissioner (medicine) Girish Hukare said that the FDA has served notice to cancel the license of Lifecare Medico when they came across the serious irregularity during a routine inspection.

"On October 24, our officers were conducting a check inside the pharma store and saw 82 of these incorrectly labelled. The top layer of the label stated that it was for humans, while on the inner sticker it was written that the dosage was for animal treatment and not for human use. We are looking into the case and have seized around 3,000 such drugs from a few distributors in Thane and a wholesaler in Ghaziabad. We are also making inquiries with the manufacturer located in Punjab to verify if it was a labelling mistake," added Hukare.

The officials claimed that the drug Oxytocin, issued to pregnant women, is used post delivery in case of excessive bleeding or to induce labour pains.

"We are looking into the sale and as to how many hospitals it was sold to. So far we have not come across any medical complaints," said Hukare.

The Naupada police said that though the partner, Ravindra Shirole and pharmacist Lalita Jhinzad, claimed that they were unaware about the drug being mislabelled from Oxymac to Oxytocin, investigations are underway.

The accused have been booked under various sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.


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