ImageKarnataka drugs control department has issued 323 show cause notices for violations in the pharmacy trade outlets. The Department has cancelled 85 sales licenses and suspended another 151 sales licenses.

The licenses were cancelled for not maintaining the accounts, disbursal of bills and keeping stocks of expiry drugs along with the medicines which are on sale.

The Drugs control department, at the same time, has also issued 278 fresh licenses. In Karnataka, there are around 22,003 sales premises, 170 blood banks and 241 manufacturing units. During December 2008, the drugs control department has carried out 2110 inspections on sales premises, 22 inspections on blood banks and 25 inspections on manufacturing units, stated Dr B.R, Jagashetty, Karnataka drugs controller.

During the month, six prosecution cases were filed in the court. In the same period five cases were disposed and all five were convicted. There were 12 complaints received from the public and the department has investigated all of them.

In the drug test laboratory of the state, 288 samples were analyzed of which 26 samples were declared as not of standard quality drugs and investigation is being carried out, stated Dr. Jagashetty.