Drugs Control Act, 1950

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Drugs Control Act, 1950
Territorial extentIndia
Date passed1950
Status: In force

The Drugs Control Act, 1950 is an Act of the Parliament of India which regulates the pricing of drugs. It allows the government to fix the maximum price of any drug.[1]


The Act allows the Government of India to control the sales, supply and distribution of any drug in India. The government can set maximum selling price, maximum quantity to be possessed by dealer and maximum quantity to be sold to one person. The government can impose various restriction of sale.[2]

The Act require any retailer to give a cash memorandum to the customer for any purchase above 5, and in case the purchase is below 5 the retailer must give a memo if the customer demands.[2]

The violation of the Act carries a maximum of 3 years with or without fine. In case of corporate violators, every director, manager, secretary, agent or other officer or person concerned with the management may be prosecuted unless he/she the offence occurred without his/her knowledge. The investigating officer must have the rank of Inspector in the police.[2]

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  1. ^ Pillay (30 November 2012). Modern Medical Toxicology. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. p. 30. ISBN 978-93-5025-965-8. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Drugs (Control) Act, 1950" (PDF). National Law School of India University. Retrieved 21 February 2015.