Pharmacy Act 1948 Offences and Penalties
The offences and penalties of the Pharmacy Act are as follows;
Falsely claiming to be a registered pharmacist:
Any person who falsely claims to be a registered pharmacist and/or uses in connection with his name or title any words or letters to show that his name has been entered in the register of Pharmacist, such person is punishable on first conviction with a fine extending up to Rs. 500 and a fine up to Rs. 1000 and imprisonment for up to 6 months on second or subsequent conviction. The use of the words, Pharmacist, Chemist, Druggist, Pharmacist, Dispenser, Dispensing Chemist or any combination of such words shall be deemed to suggest that a person is a Registered Person.
If a person is a Registered Pharmacist in another state and at the time of making such acclaim, has filed an application for registration in the state, he shall not be deemed to be guilty of the offence.
Dispensing by Unregistered Persons:
After the date notified on this behalf, by the State Government, no person other than a Registered Pharmacist can dispense, mix or compound drugs under the prescription of a medical practitioner. This, however, does not apply to the dispense of medicines by a Medical Practitioner to his own patients, or with the permission of the State Government to the patients of other medical practitioners.
Dispensing by unregistered persons is punishable with imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of up to Rs. 1000 or both. Cognizance of this offence can be taken only on the complaints by the state government or by an officer authorized on this behalf or by the order of the Executive Committee of the State Pharmacy Council.
Failing to Surrender Certificate of Registration:
If any person, whose name has been removed for the time being from the Register, fails to surrender his certificate of registration without sufficient reason is punishable with a fine up to Rs.50 Cognizance of this offence shall not be taken except by an order of the Executive Committee of the State Pharmacy Council.
Penalty for Obstructing Inspectors:
Any person willfully obstructing the Inspector of State Pharmacy Council shall be liable to imprisonment of up to 6 months or a fine of up to Rs. 1000 or both.
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