‘Over 10 pc of drugs in Govt supply chain substandard’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Feb 2017 09:25:51


NEW DELHI,

Feb 23,

(PTI),

According to the largest ever survey by the Health Ministry, 47,954 drug samples were drawn from 654 districts of 36 States and UTs from the
supply chains including retail outlets, Government sources

OVER 10 per cent of drugs in the Government supply chain were found to be ‘Not of Standard Quality’ (NSQ), according to the largest ever survey by the
Health Ministry to determine quality of drugs.
In comparison, the estimated percentage of NSQ drugs from samples taken from retail outlets across the country was three per cent while 0.023 per cent were found to be spurious.


The extent of NSQ and spurious drugs for both retail outlets as well as Government sources in the country together was estimated to be 3.16 per cent and 0.0245 per cent respectively, the survey found.


The statistical design of the drug survey included as many as 224 drug molecules belonging to 15 different therapeutic categories of the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2011. As part of this survey, 47,954 drug samples relating to 23 dosage forms were drawn from 654 districts of 36 states and UTs from the supply chains including retail outlets, government sources and from eight airports and seaports, statement said.


“The estimated percentage of NSQ drugs from government sources in India was 10.02 per cent and for spurious drugs was 0.059 per cent. “During analysis of samples declared NSQ from government supply chain, the following trend was observed - civil hospital stores: 11.03 per cent NSQ, state government medical store depots: 10.44 per cent NSQ, ESI dispensaries 9.01 per cent NSQ and CGHS dispensaries - 4.11 per cent NSQ,” the survey done by National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), Noida said.


In terms of government supply chain, states like Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab were on the higher side of NSQ (11.39 - 17.39 per cent) whereas Chandigarh, Delhi, Orissa, TN and WB were on the lower side of NSQ (0 - 7.93 pc).


The estimated percentage of NSQ and spurious drugs from retail outlets in the country was 3 per cent and 0.023 pc respectively. Out of 69 tests performed on the samples from retail outlets, they failed in 28 tests, said the ‘Survey of the extent of Problems of Spurious and Not of Standard Quality Drugs’.