The presence of spurious medicines and also energy supplements and tonics is a cause of grave concern in the city.
Given the growing interest in fitness thanks to sustained awareness campaigns, there is an increased demand for fitness drinks and supplements in Jammu, making it the highest importer of these products from other parts of India.

Taking advantage of the lively demand, the market is being flooded with such goods, an alarmingly sizeable segment of which is spurious. Some reports put the percentage of spurious or sub-standard products as high as 90.

Energy products are sold without any supervision or check by the Health Department and the Drugs Control Organization. Compounding the problem is the fact that the DCO is headed by a junior officer who holds the rank of Assistant Controller.

A section of the public says that despite complaints, the DCO has not taken samples of the suspect products for carrying out relevant checks.


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