District hospitals busy searching expired drugs, CMHOs asked to report

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2017 14:33:56

Staff Reporter,

After Government Medical College associated hospitals, now it is time for the district hospitals’ drugs stores to check the expired drugs. Earlier, two truck-load expired drugs were found and were destroyed. The Government seemed to be tough over expired drugs.

Sources in Health Department said the Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and civil surgeons of district hospitals have also been asked to purchase drugs very consciously. Drugs be purchased in such a manner that it should not be found short and not excessive to be expired. Before taking any action against any health officer, the Government will consider many aspects as whether the patients of seasonal diseases were short so the drugs were saved.

Recently, more than 50,000 drugs of seasonal diseases were found expired in Panna district hospital’s drugs store. Other district hospitals and drug stores under CMHO are searching expiry dated drugs these days. The Government is said to have sought its reports and assigned
to take action against who are responsible for excessive purchasing and not distributing the drugs. It is learnt that about three years ago, more than Rs 30 lakhs drugs for swine flu were become expiry dates causing heavy financial loss to the Government. But no action was taken against anybody as there was no probe, no proper investigation. However, there were several such cases when the excessive drugs were purchased without proper estimation. In most of the district hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), the patients suffered for drugs and still suffering at most hospitals. When contacted, Pallavi Goyal, Commissioner, Health, said the district hospitals were checking expiry dated drugs in their stores. CMHOs and Civil Surgeons have administrative powers to take action. But I think there will be no more expiry dated drugs in district hospitals, she said.