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New Delhi, March 4

THE Finance Ministry has notified changes to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Rules simplifying the procedure for movement of these psychotropic drugs.

Wholesalers or retailers have been exempted from filling the consignment note under Rule 67 in cases where the sale of psychotropic drugs is accompanied by a sale bill or invoice or cash memo duly signed by the consigner. B

ut, information about the consignment must include name, address, licence number, details about the drugs and the transportation details.

The Narcotics Control Bureau had last month intensified raids on pharma wholesalers and retailers after it was found that huge volumes of psychotropic drugs were illegally diverted to countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Dubai and Nigeria.

The trade was also asked to submit detailed information on the consignment separately, which they felt led to additional paperwork.

This had led to dissent among the distributors with the trade threatening to stop stocking drugs such as alprax, sobrium and calmpose.

The amendments have been made following representations of All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists, manufacturers, chemists and stockists regarding the difficulties faced by them in adhering to the procedure of transporting the psychotropic products.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 5, 2005)
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