LAHORE: Chief Minister’s task force on spurious, substandard and unregistered drugs raided a pharmaceutical factory on Sheikhupura Road last evening.
The task force confiscated medicines, raw materials, printing material and machinery from the premises and sealed the factory. Provincial minister for primary and secondary health Khawaja Imran Nazir personally inspected the medicines and other items.
Nazir informed the media that the license of the factory had been suspended since last June. The factory, however, continued to operate and produce medicines illegally.
The minister further said that the medicines, used as first aid, were being prepared in very unhygienic conditions which are harmful to human health.
He said that the factory was committing two offences: operating without license and not observing good manufacturing practices (GMPs).
The main items being prepared at the factory were tincture of iodine, povidone-iodine (pyodine) and petroleum jelly among others.
The minister told media that, following directions of the chief minister, action would be taken against the owners of the factory and not its poor employees.