West Bengal: The All India Chemists and Distributors Federation (AICDF), West Bengal has filed a compliant against drug maker Abbott India for not withdrawing expired drugs from the state. The association is reported to have filed its complaint to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).
The complaint states that the company and its carrier and forwarder in Kolkata, Shyam Shakti Vyapar, is not doing away with the expired drugs.
The trade association has also registered its complaint with regulators in Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where Abbott has manufacturing units, along with the Pollution Control Board of West Bengal, reports Business Standard
“Abbott India is not following this stipulation but is compelling traders to dump unused medicines,” adds the complaint.
“The matter has been referred to the Food and Drug Administration in West Bengal for further investigation,” said a CDSCO official.
When contacted, a spokesperson from Abbott India said,”We follow all laws and regulations. Stockists and chemists are supposed to return expired products purchased from the company to our CFA, which then arranges for their disposal in accordance with statutory requirements.”
“The company has refused to compensate for any drug that is taken back after the expiry date. The CFA has to undergo losses. Because of this, the CFA keeps drugs beyond their expiry date,” said Joydeep Sarkar, secretary of the AICDF alleged.