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Sir, I refer to your editorial Dangerous medicine (Aug. 25). Spurious drugs are no doubt dangerous, but are commonly ineffective. Although capital punishment would be an extreme step for those who manufacture and sell them, stern punishment like cancellation of licence and life imprisonment must be considered. Over the counter sales in chemist shops without prescription is the most common way in which these drugs reach the consumers.
Dr. Benjamin Victor,
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Sir, You have suggested that consumers should buy drugs only from reputed and well established chemists and that they should stay clear of chemists who sell drugs at a discounted price. But the Central Government health scheme itself adopts the tender system and authorises only those chemists who quote the lowest prices for supply of drugs to the CGHS hospitals.
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