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Cabinet okays death penalty for fake drug makers

December 18, 2003 23:13 IST

The Union Cabinet on Thursday night accepted the recommendations of the Mashelkar Committee and approved an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to provide death penalty for those involved in manufacturing, selling and dealing with fake drugs.

The offences under this act will now be made non-bailable and cognisable, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said after the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Manufacturing and sale of fake drugs amounted to "mass murder purely for earning profit" and "crime against ailing humanity", the minister said.

The bill will be introduced in the current session of Parliament and will be referred to the concerned Parliamentary Standing Committee.

She said the amendment would also include establishment of special courts for speedy disposal of cases and provide for compounding of certain offences.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: Fake Drugs ACT

Congratulations INDIA. It seems our country is moving in the right direction though at the pace of TORTOISE. Our congrats to HonorableMinister. Sushma Swaraj and ...

Posted by SD

Sub: Punishment for Dishonesty.

Dishonesty is dishonesty. Whatever may be profession, the punishment should be severe for dishonesty. The act of some professional kills indirectly many people in long ...

Posted by billoo

Sub: What is a ''fake drug''?

There is a class of "fake" drug that the government refuses to recognize as such -- homoeopathic preparations. Because of the dilutions involved, homeo preps ...

Posted by T S Raman, Ph.D.

Sub: Fake drug makers deserve capital punishment

I think it is the right decision. It amounts to mass murder of people who consume the medicine hoping it would cure them of the ...

Posted by Sreenivas

Sub: great!!

certainly nice to hear that. Good job. Wish same our laws should be more strict to protect socitet's interest.

Posted by manoj patil



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