The Ugly Kashmir

June 5, 2018 EDITORIAL 93 Views
The Ugly Kashmir

There is no denying the fact that the Kashmir valley is counted among one of the beautiful places across the world. With its lush green fields, gushing streams, snow-clad mountains, the place – which has witnessed turmoil from over 25 years is attracting many mafia too. Be it health sector, development sector or another sector here. There is a huge mafia eating up the development and progress of the State. Most importantly, the Kashmiris are facing huge threat from drug mafia. Even as a month has passed since Government of India banned the sale of around 344 drugs, many of them are still being sold in the Kashmir markets. Ironically, the drug shops outside the government-run hospitals are not only selling the banned combination drugs in the absence of proper monitoring and watchdogs. But they are also touting the patients, doing further dishonour to them. Chemists are selling most of the medicines as the drug department which is the implementing agency is yet to initiate any action. Ironically fake and fixed drug combinations have mushroomed in the market as companies in their quest for newer products — and often to beat price control — mix and match ingredients into a single molecule to market them as newer remedies. The banned drugs include even a few widely used combinations of medicines like Nimesulide, Paracetomol, Amoxicillin and Omeprazole which are sold over the counter to patients. Pertinently earlier, the union health ministry banned 344 fixed drug combinations through a gazette notification. These included several common cough syrup solutions, analgesics, and antibiotic combinations, many of which are sold over the counter. Some of the combinations which joined the list of 344 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) include the widely used Cold and flu reliever pill Vicks Action 500 Extra, Corex and Phensedyl cough syrups and chemists have been asked to take them off the shelves at their stores. Cold and flu reliever pill Vicks Action 500 Extra, Corex, and Phensedyl cough syrups have joined the list of 344 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) that have been taken off the shelves at all chemist stores across the country following a recent government ban. It is very cumbersome and time-consuming process as the drug market is flooded with Pharma companies. The Jammu and Kashmir government must direct the dealers to clear the stock of banned drugs as soon as possible before it is too late.

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