Nagpur: The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Nagpur has asked pharmacists to collect customer details of antigen home test kits for coronavirus. And urged to hand it over to the local health officials. Although the Food and Drug Administration is trying to regulate the sale of do-it-yourself kits from pharmacies, following the state’s corona virus guidelines, Online portals will continue to uncheck the sale of such items as of now.
Through a letter dated January 13 written by Joint Commissioner Viraj Paunikar, the pharmacy owners have also been asked to create awareness among the customers. That if any patient tests covid positive then send a message to the health department.
Nagpuroranges has in the past published about experts from the medical fields, including members of the key coronavirus task force, expressing concern over the unregulated sale and use of home testing kits.
Regulated sales as per the latest guidelines
Hetal Thakkar, Secretary of Chemist and Druggist Association, District Nagpur has said that home test kits are available for sale on the online portal, Without monitoring customers who place orders. He has also said that even if the sale from pharmacy outlets is controlled and regulated, the online portals will continue to supply the test kits at the doorstep without any scrutiny.
Joint Commissioner Viraj Paunikar has also said that a check is already being imposed on the manufacturers due to regulated sales as per the latest guidelines and the sale of test kits will be controlled to a great extent.