Expired drugs flood the market
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has called upon the public to be
vigilant when purchasing medical drugs.
Director General CAA J.M.U. Douglas told the Sunday Observer that
they had received several complaints of unlicensed drugs with expired
dates being sold to the public by private pharmacies. This is a serious
offence and poses a grave risk to public health”.
Assistant Director, Pricing, CAA, Rohan Meewanage said the public
should see whether the maximum retail price of the drugs was printed.
“The customer must check if the price is stamped on the container and
insist on a bill bearing the name and address of the pharmacy, so that
it will be easy for us to locate it, if our stipulations have not been
met”, he said.
When a medical drug is dispensed details of the patient’s name, drug
name, dosage, and as well as how the drug should be used and at what
time should be taken as prescribed by the patient’s medical doctor,
should be given clearly in simple language so that the patient can
All envelopes for the drugs must carry the pharmacy’s name and
address. This is a requirement of the Cosmetics, Devices and Drug
We have set up a hotline for the benefit of the public. Any complaint
can be directed to 011-7755481-3.
“We have received over 20 complaints this year, mostly about expired
drugs. Action against offenders can be taken if customers insist on a
bill with the name and address of the pharmacy”, he said.