ISLAMABAD - The Senate was told on Thursday that federal inspectors of drugs registered 58 cases of spurious drugs during last three years. Minister of State for Health Shahjahan Yousuf told prosecution was ordered in 43 cases while 12 cases were under investigation. He further said licences of two drugs manufacturing companies were also cancelled in last two years for production under unhygienic conditions and manufacturing of drugs without supervision of qualified personnel. The Minister of State told this the house after Senators Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Kulsoom Parveen posed questions, raising concerns over rampant business of spurious medicines. The minister said Drug Control Organisation in Federal Ministry of Health had been strengthened by induction of more technical persons for improving its working. He informed inter-provincial coordination had been strengthened for effective checking of drug quality at manufacturer and retailer level. A number of inter-provincial meetings were held during past two years for this purpose. The drug testing laboratories have been strengthened in terms of equipments and trained manpower etc. Central Drug Laboratory Karachi has been accredited for compliance with the international standards by ISO 9001 (version 2008) and Total Quality Management (TQM). It was told the technical officers in inspectorate/secretariat were being regularly trained locally and aboard to update their knowledge and skills. Extensive surveys of pharmaceuticals units and markets are regularly carried out to ensure conformance of drugs quality with specified standards. It was informed crackdown on illegal advertisements for drugs/cure of diseases was carried out regularly to protect the public. Inter-departmental coordination with police/FIA has been improved to track down the culprits involved in manufacturing and sale of spurious/unregistered drugs.