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THE PUNJAB DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017

THE PUNJAB DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017 – Text

N O T I F I C A T I O N

23 January 2017

No.PAP/Legis-2(153)/2017/1535. The following Bill, which was introduced in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on Monday, January 23, 2017, is hereby published for general information under rule 93(1) of the Rules of Procedure of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, 1997:-

THE PUNJAB DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017

Bill No. 02 of 2017

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BILL

further to amend the Drugs Act, 1976, in its application to Province of the Punjab, for control and eradication of spurious, adulterated and substandard drugs.

It is essential further to amend the Drugs Act, 1976 (XXXI of 1976), in its application to the Province of the Punjab, inter alia, for coping with the increasing menace of spurious, adulterated and substandard drugs, for provision of quality drugs to the people by updating the enforcement mechanism and providing an operative and regular monitoring system and stricter penalties, and for ancillary matters in the manner hereinafter appearing.

Be it enacted by Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as follows:

1. Short title and commencement.– (1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Drugs (Amendment) Act 2017.

(2) It extends to whole of the Punjab.

(3) It shall come into force at once.

2. Amendment in section 3 of Act XXXI of 1976.– In the Drugs Act, 1976 (XXXI of 1976), for brevity cited as the Act, in section 3:

(i) after clause (s), the following new clause (sa) shall be inserted:

“(sa) “Notified Drugs Laboratory” means the drug testing laboratory notified by the Provincial Government under subsection (2) of section 15 of the Act;”;

(ii) after clause (t), the following new clause (ta) shall be inserted:

“(ta) “Provincial Drugs Monitoring Team” means one or more Provincial Drugs Monitoring Team constituted under section 11B of the Act;”;

(iii) for clause (zz), the following shall be substituted and inserted:

“(zd) “sub-standard drug” means a drug which is not of specifications;”; and

(ze) “professional member” means a person who is qualified for appointment as Inspector or Government Analyst and appointed by the Provincial Government in such manner and on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.”.

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GPA Group of PPA supports the amendments in Drug Rule 2007, DRAP 2012 and Drug Act 1976; they also demand the timely enforcement of “Schedule-G”

The non-technical and non-professional chemists and druggist are now working hard to delay the enforcement of drug rule 2007 for one more decade. These rules were supposed to be unforced in 2007. But, unluckily Mr. Salman Taseer then Governor Punjab has notified and delayed the enforcement for ten year. This gang is actively working again to delay the Schedule-G. That is official signed and accepted by government authority. That is most sad part of this treaty. Grand Pharmacist Alliance of PPA and Pharmacist Federation reject this part of the agreement. We want the timely enforcement of “Schedule-G” to assure the standard pharmaceutical care for patients.

Moreover, we support the all major part of current amendments in Drug Rule 2007, DRAP Rule 2012  and Drug Act 1976 approved by Punjab Assembly in there session . Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has granted approval over a meeting of Provincial Cabinet on Friday February 10, 2017. These amendments may potentially result in deterrent punishments and fines to be awarded to those engaged in the heinous business of bogus and substandard medicines. The elements involved in the manufacture and sale of spurious and substandard medicines are enemies of humanity and should be awarded deterrent punishment.

We also appreciate the basic objective of Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Kh Imran Nazir that he stated regarding the amendments in the Drug Act-1976 is to ensure quality medicines. That will also help to discourage the production, dispensing and usage of substandard, spurious and misbranded drugs.