Spurious drug business an organized crime: DAK
President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today in a statement said that government has failed to curb the menace of spurious drugs in the valley.
“This illegal business in the valley is an organized crime supported by powerful vested interests. Everyday people die because of this criminal activity and masterminds are let off, DAK president Nisar ul Hassan said.
“There is a deep rooted nexus between shoddy pharma companies and some power houses that pumps massive quantities of spurious drugs in the valley,” he said, adding, “India is the capital of counterfeit drugs. According to WHO, India accounts for 35% of world’s spurious drug market. In an estimate 40% of Indian pharma market is under the grip of spurious drugs.”
The amended Spurious Drug Act 2008 contains stringent provisions such as maximum penalty of life imprisonment, making the offence cognizable and non-bailable and designating special courts so that judicial proceedings can be expediting, he said, adding, “The new law has provisions for reward to “Whistleblowers” who can take risk of providing information about the perpetrators of the crime.”