FDA seeks police protection to help drug retailers defy strike

Jun 25, 2013, 01:01 IST | A Correspondent

District health officers are ensuring alternate sources of drugs in case of shortage

Given the strike since June 6 by wholesalers in the drug market, the FDA is exploring alternatives to ensure police protection to retailers who want to keep their shops open.

The FDA has said that there is no shortage of medicines, however, it is keeping no stone unturned to ensure essential drugs are available in the market. BR Masal, joint commissioner, FDA (drugs), said, “We are conducting a survey to find out if there is a shortage. We are ensuring that if such a situation arises other institutions continue to supply the drugs.”

“To tackle shortage of medicine we have approached suppliers so that retailers get regular stock,” Masal added. FDA will also be contacting district health officers, and civil surgeons for alternative sources of medicines. “We have also written letters to district health officers, civil surgeons and state officers to arrange for necessary stock of medicines,” R Bhilare, assistant commissioner, FDA (drugs) said.

FDA is also seeking help from the police for the protection of retailers who want to keep their shops open during the strike. “We have written letters to the police commissioner and superintendent of Police regarding the Chemists’ Association strike. There are retailers who may want to keep their shops open, but fear the association,” Masal added.

Drug inspectors of various areas
>> Vimannagar, Wadgaon Sheri
     MV Deshpande – 7276055737

>> Bibewadi, Kondhawa, Kothrud, Sinhagad, Aundh, Shivajinagar, Baner, Hadapsar, Camp
    PB Pore – 9920767299

>> Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area
   S K Titar – 8605000460

>> Junnar, Khed, Ambegaon, Mulashi, Maval, Velhe, Daund, Shirur, Purandar, Baramati, Indapur
    S B Patil - 9326035767

(Those in need can contact zonal inspectors on the above numbers) 

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