The appellant moved the present appeal before the Supreme Court challenging a December 2019 order of a Division Bench of the Patna High Court that dismissed his PIL.
The petition before the High Court stated that in several government hospitals in Bihar, persons who were not registered pharmacists were selling medicines.
The PIL had, accordingly, sought that the State government be directed to not allow such practices that are in violation of the Pharmacy Act. It also sought a direction to the concerned authorities to follow the Pharmacy Practice Regulations framed by the Pharmacy Council of India, for creation of dedicated pharmacist posts.
Further, the plea sought the formation of an enquiry committee under Section 45(5) of the Pharmacy Act to probe into the functioning of the Bihar State Pharmacy Council, as it was allegedly granting licenses to fake pharmacists.
The High Court had disposed of the petition after noting that the State Pharmacy Council had formed a fact-finding committee, and the petitioner was free to move the body in individual cases after due verification.