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Punjab: Private de-addiction centres under lens to curb drug overpricing

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Punjab’ private de-addiction centres under lens to curb drug overpricing

Chandigarh: Buprenorphine, a substitute to treat narcotic addicts and psychotropic substances are being sold at price range of Rs 20-100 while the same is sold at a price as low as Rs 4.38 in the government hospitals.

As many as 96 private de-addiction centres are under the lens to keep a check on such malpractices

As reported by the Tribune, a survey will be conducted and a report will be submitted to find out if these drugs are being sold in bulk to the patients, since it directly violates the norms, said the Additional Chief Secretary, Satish Chandra.

Sources say one buprenorphine tablet per day must be administered to a patient, and that too under supervision. But the private drug de-addiction centres prescribe a 15 day dosage.

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Reportedly these tablets are being sold at Rs 250 per tablet to its addicts who are looking for a high

“Buprenorphine is a Schedule H drug. Licenced drug de-addiction centres can procure and dispense these drugs after meticulous maintenance of a patient’s record. Since there is no legal bar on the quantity of drugs that they can give to a patient, the state government has laid down directions in this regard. But some centres have been indulging in malpractices,” said a senior  associated with the state’s de-addiction programme.

The Additional Chief Secretary said the government planned to bring all private de-addiction centres under a legal framework to reduce such malpractices.


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