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Expired drugs found during CBI raids on hospitals

Expired drugs were found by the CBI during raids at seven central government hospitals and dispensaries in Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram conducted as part of the nation-wide special drive against spurious medicines.



Chennai: Expired drugs were found by the CBI
during raids at seven central government hospitals and
dispensaries in Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram conducted
as part of the nation-wide special drive against spurious
medicines, the investigating agency said on Thursday.

"During surprise check, some of the drugs had lesser shelf
life at the time of procurement and some of the drugs were
found expired and the same were being issued to the patients
posing health hazards," CBI Joint Director (South)
Ashok Kumar told reporters here.
He said the joint surprise checks were conducted in
Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanthapuram from May 15 to 18 at seven
central government hospitals and dispensaries and samples were
taken in the presence of independent witnesses with the help
of drug inspectors.

The samples had been sent to Central Drugs Testing
Laboratory for testing, he said adding the results would be
available within ten days.

He, however, declined to name the hospitals but said after
receving the results of the sample, further course of action
would be taken.

Kumar said joint surprise check by special team consisting
of central drug inspectors and officers of CBI, Chennai, was
conducted in four pharmaceutical companies in Puducherry and
one distributor in Chennai in the presence of independent
witnesses", he said adding that samples of 16 drugs were taken
from these places.

During the check eight drums of drugs/powder which were
kept as rejected material but not tallying with entries in the
records, were seized by the drug inspector from the premises
of one company.

Some quantity of drugs which were about to expire but
shown as returned to the manufacturer were seized from the
distributor in Chennai along with relevant documents, he said.
He said his team also seized adulterated petroleum
products in various places of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

He also expressed concern over illegal divertion of
pottasium chloride, meant for agricultural purpose, to the
industrial purpose". "It is huge revenue loss to the
government", he said.

Laxminarayana further said senior CBI officials would be
visiting districts across Andhra Pradesh from June and camp
for two-days in each district and interact with local people
and collect complaints if they have any against the public
servants of Central Government Departments.

The CBI official said three additional courts of Special
Judges under the Prevention of Corruption Act will be set up
in Hyderabad and two in Visakhapatnam, which will be created
as part of 71 courts being set up across the country in order
to reduce pendency of under trial cases.

He said 241 cases of CBI Hyderabad branch and 164 of
Visakhapatnam branch were pending for trial.

PTI

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