SKIMS Chief Pharmacist faces axe on sale of expired drugs

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Srinagar: Authorities at Premier Health institute Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura have removed Chief Pharmacist for allegedly putting expired Bands on sale at different sales counters of the hospital.

Hospital authorities admitted that surgical equipments and consumables like Vericeal-Band Endoscopy Band, Platelet Theresis Set, and Prolene Mesh were being sold beyond their expiry dates to patients.

 Terming it as negligence on part of the Chief Pharmacist, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that few of the expired bands were put on sale and action was initiated against the official for the same. He said that an inquiry team has been constituted to probe the matter. 

“Though Drug and Pharmacy department has been doing an excellent job yet nobody will be allowed to play with the lives of patients. Besides Chief Pharmacist, there are certain people responsible for the negligence and action will be initiated against them after the inquiry committee submits its report,” he said.

Surgical equipments and consumables like Vericeal-Band Endoscopy Band, Platelet Theresis Set, and Prolene Mesh were being sold beyond their expiry dates to innocent patients to mint money from them without having care and concern for their health. The issue came to fore after a patient post operation developed complications and a senior Doctor of the institute in his inquiry at personal level established that reason of the death was the use of expired surgical equipments.

Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Jan termed the incident as isolated episode. “This is not a scam but sheer negligence on part of Drug and Pharmacy Department. We had already written to supplier to take off the expired bands but at the same time were surprised to see expired bands on sale counters. Facts will surface after the inquiry committee submits its report,” Jan said adding that SKIMS supply drugs worth 20 crores annually to patients on no profit no loss basis.

 

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