Drug Control Administration (DCA) conducted raids on the pharmacies of 11 reputed hospitals in Hyderabad on April 21 to check for violations. According to a DCA statement, almost all the pharmacies in the hospitals were found to be having one violation or the other.
Dr. Akun Sabharwal, Director of DCA, said, "The violations include overpricing, lower quality medicines, presence of medicines beyond expiry date, improper cold storage maintenance of medicines, lack of proper upkeep, violations under the Drugs Act and improper records maintenance."
Many pharmacies sold sub-standard medicines, analysis of medicines revealed that 100mg tablet was found to have only 70 or 80 mg, said Amruth Roa, Deputy director of DCA.
The samples collected from various pharmacies across the state are sent for analysis to National Institute of Biologicals, New Delhi.
The hospitals that were raided include Mediciti Hospital, Continental Hospital, Medwin Hospital, Yashoda Hospital, Kamineni Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Care Hospitals, Global Hospital, Star Hospital, and Sunshine Hospitals.