Pharmacy Council of India Clarifies Role in Recent Arrests

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has issued a press release clarifying its role in the recent arrests of two individuals in Uttar Pradesh (UP) accused of creating fake pharmacy degrees and operating illegal medical facilities. This press release was issued on May 21, 2024.

It may be recalled that the UP Special Task Force (STF) announced the arrests by a press note dated May 19, 2024. The STF alleged the individuals collected money by issuing fake D. Pharma and B. Pharma certificates. It was also alleged that the individuals were involved in fraudulent admissions to medical courses, including MBBS, and the operation of illegal medical stores and clinics.

However, the PCI has clarified that it does not fully endorse the findings of the press note issued by the STF.

The PCI is a separate statutory body responsible for regulating pharmacy education and practice in India. It is the State Pharmacy Councils that handle pharmacist registration, not the PCI. In UP, the Uttar Pradesh State Pharmacy Council, under the Department of Health and Family Welfare, oversees pharmacist registration.

The PCI believes the STF report lacks a thorough investigation into the alleged links between the arrested individuals and the PCI. The PCI recommends a more comprehensive investigation to determine the truth.

The PCI emphasizes its commitment to transparent and fair investigations. They encourage the UP STF to conduct further inquiries and address discrepancies in their findings.