DHUBRI, May 17 - Although hundreds of new pharmacies have recently come up in the rural areas of Dhubri district, more than 80 per cent of these drug stores are not safe, said the registered pharmacists here.
According to the members of the Association of Registered Pharmacists, Dhubri (ARPD), many of the pharmacies that have come up in recent years in remote areas of the district are causing more harm than good to the rural people. Most of these pharmacies function without trained pharmacists.
“It’s a known fact that when villagers fall sick they first approach pharmacies for medicines. If a pharmacy is run without a professional pharmacist, the patient will not get proper medicines for his or her ailments,” said Nurul Hasan Alom, ARPD general secretary. Alom also stated that most of the medicines provided by these pharmacies are not safe for use.
The members of the Association claims that there are at least 120 pharmacists and more than 2,000 pharmacies in the district. The Association further stated that the business of fake medicines are also flourishing in the district due to lack of knowledge of dealers of the drug stores.
However, they suggest that such practice can be stopped, if the State government strictly implements the “no pharmacist, no medicine” policy.
“Regular raids in such areas are a must to stop sale of fake medicines by these pharmacies,” added Alom.