Medication prices have been fluctuating constantly in the country. This was mainly caused by the demand for medicines which are able to alleviate the symptoms of Covid-19. As a result, most drug stores are charging extra ignoring the retail price set for these medicines.
A report published in this daily showed that from the onset of the virus, drug stores in Bogura increased the rates of regular antiviral drugs. Even, a paracetamolliquid (for children) now costs 20-25 taka which was earlier sold at 12. The report also explicates that an unholy syndicate has been formed to keep the prices high in the drug stores. The price of saline has also been increased.
These are cases that are only happening outside the capital and away from the vigilant eyes of authorities. If this type of irregularity continues, then there is a very good chance that the people will be fleeced further by the active drug syndicates. It is very much important that necessary precautions and security measures are taken to solve this problem.
If this type of irregularity continues, then there is a very good chance
that the people will be fleeced further by the active drug syndicates.
Meanwhile, the director of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) said that there is no chance to charge more than the MRP as the prices of medicines have been fixed by the government under special instructions. Yet, since these types of incidents are happening, lax monitoring is to be blamed for that.
On the other hand, experts opine that taking advantage of the situation, some people may ask for more than the fixed price. Harsh and exemplary actions must be taken in case of such anomaly. Unscrupulous people overcharging common patients in the face of increasing demand must be taught a lesson.
It will be prudent to eradicate these irregularities by nipping them in the bud. The health sector is already under much scrutiny and these irregularities can only contribute to tarnishing the image of our healthcare sector.