The High Court yesterday asked the authorities concerned of the government to take necessary steps to make people aware so that they do not purchase or intake expired medicines.
While hearing a writ petition, the HC verbally ordered the authorities to broadcast advertisements on electronic media to this effect as advertisements have already been published in print media.
The court also asked the inter-ministerial committee, led by the director general of drug administration, to consider the application that sought an order so that medicines’ expiry and manufacturing dates and prices are visibly mentioned on the labels.
Writ petitioner Justice Watch Foundation (JWF), a rights organisation, recently submitted the application to the HC.
The HC asked Deputy Attorney General Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar to hand over the application to the inter-ministerial committee for its consideration.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order, during hearing the petition filed by Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, executive director of JWF, on June 17.
During the proceedings, DAG Bashar submitted a compliance report from the drug administration to the HC saying that his client has destroyed expired medicines worth Tk 36.5 crore, fined Tk 1.5 core to the pharmacies, filed more than 100 cases and punished five people through mobile courts for preserving and selling expired medicines, following its order.
The court expressed satisfaction at the report and set August 22 for passing further order.
In response to the writ petition, the HC bench on June 18 directed the government to confiscate all expired medicines from pharmacies across the country and destroy those within a month.
The HC ordered the authorities to take legal action within the same period against those involved in storing, supplying and selling such medicines.