the patient expires, they realise that they had been wrong all along, that
they had mistaken malaria for kala-azar or vice-versa. These doctors have
even mistaken malaria for tuberculosis. Prodyot himself made such a serious
blunder. He had been burdened with painful thoughts ever since the child
The way they served the prescribed drugs at Benoy's left a lot to be desired. If one of the ingredients was not available, they would put in anything they wished, or just make it without it. None of the mixtures were made as they should be, the various ingredients did not dissolve properly. They brought the drugs in one lot and used them for one year, long after they had lost their potency. The modern drugs which required to be kept at a special temperature or away from light were not kept according to specification. Ignorance, neglect and profit-motive reigned supreme, even where it was a question of life and death. Prodyot has reason to believe that on top of everything Benoy sold spurious drugs.
And his charges were exorbitant, poor village people were innocent victims of his greed for money. If they took anything on credit, the figure in Benoy's book swelled gradually. When Prodyot looked at their pale faces, he felt at once pity and outrage. He often felt that these stupid people did not deserve to live. Let them die. No matter how much you try to convince them, they would not understand. They would never see beyond herbal drugs, amulets, magic cures and Jeevan Mashay's intuition.
Something should be done about it ! So Prodyot had decided to start a dispensary and a clinic with the help of his friend and the local doctors. There was no reason why it should not run ....
- Arogyaniketan, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay
The need for consumer action cannot be over-emphasised in view of the aggressive and unethical marketing practices employed by the pharmaceutical companies. Consumer awareness is an important pre-requisite for consumer action. Consumers, individually or as a group, can play a key role in protecting themselves and preventing unethical promotion of drugs, and unnecessary suffering caused by dangerous drugs or by irrational use of drugs.