October 4, 2010 in DRUGS CONTROL
In a special inspection drive launched by the Drugs Control Department of Tamil Nadu in the state’s private blood bank units, the zonal drug officials in Madurai have found that one unit has been working in the city violating various provisions under Drugs & Cosmetics Act for the last ten years.
Soon after the inspection, the unit has been given stop production order by the drug control authorities of Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, the regulatory officials in Chennai and Coimbatore have given show causes notices to three other blood banks for not complying with the norms of D&C Act.
State director of drugs control, M Bhaskaran told Pharmabiz that his officials in the Madurai zone have recommended the directorate for cancellation of licence of Vignesh Blood Bank, functioning at K K Nagar. “The unit in Madurai has been functioning without proper infrastructure and equipment. The blood bank was working even without a refrigerator, and the thermograph was found not functioning during inspection,” Bhaskaran said. The Unit has been served a show cause notice for various violations.
In September, the department has launched a special inspection drive across the state following complaints from the public that several of the blood bank units and blood storage centres in the state are not maintaining proper infrastructure facilities. The officials have completed the special inspections on September 30. The state has a total of 260 private blood bank units.
Before the inspection was conducted at Vignesh Blood Bank, it had applied for renewal of licence which was later rejected by the department. The Unit was also given a memo for rejecting the renewal order. As per the norms of D&C Act, each blood bank has to renew its licence in every five years.
According to sources, the CDSCO officials in the state will also conduct a state wide inspection in all the blood banks soon.