Expressing grave concern at the storing and sale of expired medicines, the High Court yesterday 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 expired medicines.
It also directed the health secretary, Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to form enquiry committees separately to identify the pharmacies, and those who store, supply and sell expired medicines.
The committees will also see what actions the authorities have taken against them.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader gave the directives in response to a writ petition filed by Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, executive director of Justice Watch Foundation, a human rights organisation.