Investigations are being launched to check the quality of drugs and surgical equipment sold in private pharmacies.
The tests are being conducted by the Cosmetic Devices & Drug Authority. The Health Ministry has received complaints about illegal activities carried out by the private pharmacies. Accordingly the Authority carried out several raids in the Colombo City yesterday. The pharmacies that were engaged in illegal activities such as issuing drugs without doctors’ prescriptions and selling various syrups to students were seized and culprits taken into custody. The non-storage of drugs in the expected temperatures, selling drugs that have exceeded the date of expiry, sale of banned drugs, having fake drugs for sale and maintaining an outlet without a trained pharmacist were some of the offences committed.