Irregularities in Medicine Sales: HM urges enhanced efficiency and technological integration

The minister emphasized the need to tackle issues related to irregularities in the sale of medicines,

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Irregularities in Medicine Sales: HM urges enhanced efficiency and technological integration

Last Updated on June 27, 2023 by The Health Master

Irregularities in Medicine Sales

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh: In a recent review meeting held in Mangalagiri, Minister for Health, Medical and Family Welfare, Vidadala Rajini, highlighted the importance of inspections conducted by the director general (DG) of the Drug Control Department.

The minister emphasized the need to tackle issues related to irregularities in the sale of medicines, the prevalence of fake and substandard drugs (NSQ), and various illegal activities reported in medical stores.

Furthermore, Rajini called for enhanced efficiency within the Drug Control Department, urging officials to explore the full potential of technology to streamline operations and ensure regulatory compliance.

Leveraging Technology for Efficient Operations:

Minister Rajini stressed the significance of utilizing technology in the Drug Control Department’s operations to achieve seamless functionality.

She urged officials to proactively consider innovative solutions that can facilitate the identification and prevention of fake medicines.

By harnessing the power of technology, the department can efficiently track and regulate the supply chain of pharmaceutical products, ensuring the delivery of safe and reliable medicines to consumers.

Additionally, the minister advised officials to exercise caution while addressing the issue of fake medicines, particularly emphasizing the need to scrutinize wholesale medical store for potential irregularities.

Addressing Vacancies in the Drug Control Department:

To enhance the overall functioning of the Drug Control Department, Minister Rajini called for a comprehensive report on the existing vacancies for drug inspectors and other staff within the department.

This report would serve as a basis for forwarding the information to higher authorities, enabling timely recruitment and filling of these crucial positions.

By addressing the personnel shortage, the department can strengthen its workforce, leading to improved efficiency in monitoring and regulating the pharmaceutical industry.

Establishing a Regional Office of the Central Government Drug Control Department:

Recognizing the need for a dedicated regional office of the Central Government Drug Control Department, Minister Rajini emphasized the importance of establishing such an office within the state.

To initiate the process, the minister instructed officials to draft a letter addressed to the Central government, requesting the establishment of a regional office.

By having a localized office, the department can better address regional challenges and ensure effective coordination between the state and central authorities.

This step demonstrates the government’s commitment to improving drug regulation and public health at the regional level.

Welcoming the New Director General:

During the review meeting, Minister Rajini also had the opportunity to interact with Kolli Raghuram Reddy, who recently assumed the position of the new DG of the Drug Control Department.

This meeting served as an opportunity for the minister to convey her expectations and priorities to the new director general.

The collaboration between the minister and the director general is essential in implementing the proposed reforms and achieving the department’s objectives efficiently.

Conclusion:

Minister Vidadala Rajini’s review meeting highlighted the pressing need to address irregularities in medicine sales, combat the distribution of fake and substandard drugs (NSQ), and curb other illegal activities in medical stores.

By leveraging technology, filling vacancies, and establishing a regional office of the Central Government Drug Control Department, the government aims to strengthen drug regulation and ensure the availability of safe and authentic medicines to the public.

The minister’s engagement with the new director general of the Drug Control Department underlines the commitment towards effective leadership and the implementation of necessary reforms in the pharmaceutical sector.

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