‘Drug mafia’ rules the roost at ‘dreaded’ GB Pant hospital

Doctors Prescribe Medicines Of ‘Shoddy’ Pharma Companies

HOSPITAL HORROR

ARSHAD M BHAT

Srinagar, May 21: As the government has been inexplicably and haplessly counting the fatalities of neonates and kids in the Valley’s lone children hospital over the years, the “drug mafia” running inside the tertiary care institution, allegedly, in connivance with a senior doctor is reportedly also contributing to the high mortality rate.
The government, despite being apprised about the grave issue by many conscientious medicos, has turned blind eye towards the grave matter as the senior practitioner, according to sources, is enjoying close rapport with some politicians.
Sources at GB Pant hospital told Greater Kashmir that majority of the doctors working in the healthcare facility were prescribing drugs from a few lesser known pharmaceutical companies for the past four years. “The doctors, particularly, the Junior Consultants, Registrars, Post-Graduates and House Surgeon were strictly asked by a former Head of Department and senior functionary at the hospital to prescribe drugs from the particular pharmaceutical company and those disagreeing to follow the diktat were being victimized and even failed in their examinations,” sources said. “The names of these pharmaceutical companies don’t even exist in the list of reputed companies that produce quality medicines,” sources revealed.
They said the hospital had become a source of huge revenue generation for these lesser known companies and the concerned functionary had amassed crores of rupees from this “drug mafia.”
The concerned functionary, according to sources, has amassed crores of rupees from this “drug mafia” for facilitating prescription of sub-standard medicines manufactured by them.
Greater Kashmir is in possession of hundreds of documents wherein the doctors had prescribed the drugs from the particularly company and some of the doctors who had prescribed medicines of other companies were overruled by the accused functionary in scores of cases.
Hospital sources revealed that the doctors had been prescribing few particular brands of a company to every patient whether indicated or not.
Official documents reveal while some doctors prescribed drugs of other companies, the senior functionary during his round to the ward used to overrule the prescription asking the patients to purchase that particular brand only.
They said that some of the doctors, closely associated with the functionary, prescribed the medicines to the patients, who don’t even need them. “Some of the patients suffering from other diseases were also prescribed a particular brand only to benefit the company and surge its sales in the market,” sources revealed adding the attendants of the patients, who were naďve, used to get these drugs as they can’t counter-check that if the drug was actually prescribed for treating the ailment or not.
They said the doctors not adhering to the diktats were given punishment postings and were shifted to Emergency and NICU wherein they had work for several days without any break. “The Post-Graduate students declining to follow the orders were failed in their final examination and the consultants were victimized by the functionary on one pretext or the other,” sources added.
Sources revealed that the Government of India under Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) had sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for free medicines and treatment to the infants aged till 30 days, but the scheme was never implemented in the hospital.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 IST




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