Central team ‘raids’ hospitals, collect samples

MUDDASIR ALI/UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Apr 24: A team of experts from Central Drugs Control Organization Wednesday visited various hospitals in Kashmir and collected samples of many drugs as part of the investigation ordered by the Union Health Ministry into the spurious drug scam in Kashmir.
The Deputy Drug Controller (North Zone) Dr K Bangarurajan, heading the central panel told Greater Kashmir that the six member team which arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday visited many hospitals today and collected the samples of various drugs.
The team included four Drug Inspectors of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Jammu based Assistant Drug Controller of the Organization and a Drug Inspector from Jammu, said Bangarurajan.
So far the central panel has collected 40 samples from different hospitals, both in Jammu and Kashmir provinces.
Of them 25 samples were taken from Jammu, and another 15 from Kashmir, sources said.
The panel made sample collection from hospitals in Jammu on Tuesday while in Kashmir it was done today.
Sources said this morning the CDSCO members landed in the SMHS hospital here and visited the Drug store.
“They took four samples each of two drugs,” an official said. However he did not disclose the name of the drugs.
In the afternoon, the team drove to SKIMS here and collected samples of various medicines.
Though they visited the GB Pant Children (hospital) here, no samples were taken. “They will re-visit the hospital tomorrow again and collect samples,” sources said.
Other hospitals visited by the team include maternity hospital Lalla Ded and District Hospital Budgam.
The Blood Bank at Badami Bagh Cantonment was also inspected by them, sources said.
The team would visit Islamabad and Ramban districts tomorrow before winding up their visit later in the afternoon.
Kashmir is witnessing massive outrage over supply of fake and spurious drugs to the Government run hospitals.
The protests started after the expose that two life saving drugs supplied to Kashmir hospitals - antibiotic Maximizen-625 and Curesef - were found of substandard quality earlier this month.
Following the outcry, the Union Health Ministry headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad sent an 11-member team from the CDSCO to the Jammu and Kashmir to investigate the quality of drugs being supplied to the Government run hospitals and those available in the open market.
The CDSCO panel has been directed by the Union Ministry to come up with the test report about the quality of the drugs in shortest possible time.
The State Government has already handed over the case to the Crime Branch for investigation. The Organization arrested two brothers, Amardeep Raina and Ashok Raina in connection with the supply of the substandard drugs to the hospitals. Amardeep is reportedly one of the proprietors of the company which supplied the fake drugs.
The third accused in the case, Akhil Gadoo, continues to evade arrest.
On April 5, the state government had blacklisted M/S Life Line Pharmaco Surgicals Ltd and cancelled its drug license for supplying substandard antibiotic medicines meant for Government hospitals.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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