Spurious Drugs: High Court issues notice to Govt, Sham



Srinagar, Apr 30: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the state government and former Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma on a PIL filed by a doctors’ body seeking probe into the supply of alleged spurious drugs to government hospitals in the Valley.
The notice was also served to the Managing Director of Jammu based Lifeline Pharmaceutical-Surgicals Limited, distributors of the antibiotic drug which was found to be substandard.
A Division Bench of Justices Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Ali Muhammad Magray issued the notice and also directed the Inspector General of Police (Crime Branch) to submit a status report on the investigations conducted into the supply of spurious drugs to government hospitals.
The court listed the case for hearing tomorrow.
Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) had filed a PIL in the High Court seeking an independent probe into alleged fake drug scandal and action against those involved in facilitating the supply of substandard medicines.
Passing directions on the PIL, the division bench served notices to  the  Chief Secretary, Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, Drug Controller JK, Central Purchase Committee through its chairman, Satish Gupta Controller, Drug and Food Organization and Director Health Services Kashmir asking them to inform the court about the measures taken by the government to probe the matter.
State counsel Javeed Ahmad Kawoosa accepted the notice on behalf of the official respondents and the court asked him to file latest status report with regard to the investigation carried out by the Crime Branch into the scam.
DAK through its president Dr Nissar-ul-Hassan has filed the PIL seeking constitution of a committee of experts to look into the spurious drug scam to nab the culprits who are involved in the heinous act.
The PIL has also sought directions for the constitution of a committee to ascertain what happened to the patients who have been administered the spurious drugs from time to time.
The petition also seeks directions to the respondents to explain the reasons why the drugs purchased by the respondents have not been tested through analytical lab/drug testing laboratory to determine their efficacy before pressing them into service. It is also seeking directions to drug department to explain why they have not tested the drugs purchased by the state before they administered them to patients.
The petition also seeks directions to the respondents to bar respondent no. 5 (Controller Drug and Food organization) as member of a committee looking into the scam of supply of spurious drugs as he was member of the purchase committee.
Seeking directions for inquiry by an independent and impartial authority within a stipulated time, PIL also seeks to formulate a full-fledged drug testing laboratory besides assess the losses caused to the state exchequer.
Underlining the gravity of the issue, the PIL states “the sensational revelation about prevalence of fake and spurious drugs in the government hospitals is grim reminder of the fact that the government attaches least importance to such a critical issue. It has been caught napping while spurious drugs are being traded in its own health institutions”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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