Hyderabad: The drug inspectors from TS Drug Control Administration (TSDCA) raided a medical shop at IS Sadan, Santosh Nagar, which was being operated illegally without a drug license and seized huge stocks of medicines worth Rs. 3.2 lakh.

Mohammed Iltefath Ahmed is running the medical shop illegally at IS Sadan, Santosh Nagar and selling drugs unlawfully without a drug licence. The DCA authorities seized 111 varieties of medicines habit-forming drugs like Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Chlordiazepoxide, Tramadol which are also found stocked for sale at the unlicensed premises.

During the raid on Thursday, DCA officers detected unauthorized stocking of huge quantity of medicines for sale. 111 varieties of medicines including habit-forming drugs, antibiotics, insulin injections, anti-viral drugs, anti-hypertensive drugs, pain killer drugs, anti-ulcer drugs, cough syrups, antacids etc. are found stocked for sale at the premises. DCA officers lifted the samples for analysis.

Smt. D. Saritha, Assistant Director, Secunderabad, Sri. G. Anil, Drugs Inspector, Malakpet, Sri. B. Govind Singh, Drugs Inspector, Secunderabad, Sri. B. Lakshminarayana, Drugs Inspector, Uppal and Smt. A. Rashmi, Drugs Inspector, Amberpet are among the officers who carried out the raid.

Drugs Control Administration, Telangana issues drug licences to medical shops/pharmacies in the State for stocking and selling of medicines as per the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Stocking of drugs for sale without a drug licence is punishable under Drugs and Cosmetics Act with an imprisonment up to five years. Wholesalers/Dealers who supply medicines to such ‘illegal medical shops’, which are running without a drug licence, are also punishable under Drugs and Cosmetics Act and stringent action shall be taken against such Wholesalers/Dealers. Wholesalers/Dealers shall mandatorily ensure that the medical shop/pharmacy holds a valid drug licence before supplying medicines to them.