Govt. Hands Over Case To Crime Branch

Govt. Hands Over Case To Crime Branch

20 April 2013
Greater Kashmir
Arvind Sharma

Jammu: Facing the heat over the supply of spurious drugs to Kashmir hospitals, the government, on the basis of preliminary report of the inquiry committee, today decided to hand over the case to Crime Branch and Vigilance Organization for further probe. The government also made it clear that the members of Purchase Committee and Rate Contract Committee will be charge-sheeted for their negligence and lapse in allotment of the contract to the firm which supplied spurious drug as well as for not verifying the manufacturer of the drug. Strict action against the officials of Health department will also be taken for their criminal negligence in receiving and approving the drugs. Addressing a hurriedly-called press conference today evening, Minister for Health Shabir Khan said that there was no involvement of the former minister in the purchasing of spurious drug, ‘Amoxicillin Trihydrate’ IP batch No.PBT-1583. “The inquiry committee report didn’t hint at any links or involvement of the former health minister in the matter involving supply of spurious drugs”, he asserted. “The firm Life Line Pharmaco Surgical has obtained the contract on the basis of forged documents. The members of the committee and those receiving the drug committed a criminal negligence as they neither verified the manufacturer of the drug nor did they examine it minutely”, he said adding that in the testing it was found that the drug was substandard and had zero percent potency and subsequently all medicines of this make and batches were seized and no further use was allowed. He said that Life Line Pharmaco Surgical managed contract in its favor by using the name of reputed firm, Medley Pharmaceuticals, adding that the later in its written reply has clearly stated that they never authorized M-s Life Line Pharmaco Surgical to take part in any tender business nor did they authorize it to take part in any marketing. He said on getting the rate contract, the firm got the medicines manufactured illegally from an unauthorized manufacturing unit. He said all this is not only violation under Drugs and Cosmetic Act but also is a typical case of forgery and fraud. He also said that the ‘propaganda’ that the drug was supplied to Kashmir hospitals only is totally wrong. “The drug was supplied in Gandhi Nagar Hospital, Jammu, Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, Lal Ded Hospital,” he said adding that however maximum supply was given to Centre Stores Kashmir. He also maintained that it is the responsibility of the Controller Stores to look into and verify the manufacturer. “Unfortunately, he also failed to discharge his duty and as such they will also be charge-sheeted”, he said. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education, M. K. Dwivedi, Director Information, Zaffar Ahmad, were also present during the press conference.