ISLAMABAD - The approval of much-awaited Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)s new Drugs Rules supposed to replace the ICT Drugs Rules 1989 is in doldrums despite lapse of two years, TheNation has learnt reliably. According to details, the District Health Office (DHO) has not yet got a go ahead for the said rules apparently owing to red-tapism. In the recent meeting of Quality Control Board, the issue of pending new Drugs Rules in the law section of Chief Commissioner Office was taken up and it was decided to send back the Rules to DHO for amendments. According to an official source, the new Drugs Rules would be submitted to the Commissioner Office within a week. After getting approval from the Chief Commissioner Office, the Rules would be published in the official gazette and then the notification will be issued, the source added. He described that ICT initiated the work on the proposed rules in 2006 and within time period of one year, the District Health Office finalised the Rules after having extensive consultations with all the stakeholders. Strongly advocating the Rules, he said; It is being expected that the new rules will cover many aspects that were missing in previous one. He informed that one of the important features of proposed rules is to restrict all the authorised drugs stores in Islamabad from keeping homeopathic and herbal medicines thus preventing them to deal with any kind of medicines other than allopathic. Under the ICT Drugs Rules 1989, an applicant for drugs sale was deprived of the right to file an appeal against the refusal of Quality Board for obtaining a licence, he added. Whereas, he said the new ICT Drugs Rules allows the applicant against such decision of the board and the proposed appellate authority is the Chief Commissioner Islamabad. Under the proposed rules, fee for the category A drugs store is fixed Rs 10,000 and Rs 500 for the category B, C and D, he added. The decision to introduce new Drugs Rules was taken when the ICT Drugs Rules 1989 were termed obsolete, as the rules do not fulfill the requirements of present times. It is worth mentioning here that ICT Drugs Rules 1989, is a subordinate legislation of the Drug ACT 1976 of Pakistan.