SMHS drug counter closed down after complaints of sale of expired drugs


Patient care at SMHS hospital took a hit on Wednesday for want of subsidized drugs and disposables as the hospital drug counter was closed down by police following complaints of sale of expired drugs.
An official said two pharmacists of the Hospital were arrested and the hospital drug counter was closed by police on the basis of the complaint. The complainant had alleged that the expiry date on the package of a drug did not match the expiry date shown by its barcode scanning. Due to the closure of the counter, patients were forced to purchase medicines, disposable and other items required for treatment and surgeries from open market at higher rates.
The Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, Prof Samia Rashid denied any criminal element in the case. “The same drugs were seized from open market against the same complaint but no arrests were made elsewhere,” she said while referring to arrest of two employees of the hospital.
She asserted that there were “some people who did not want cheaper drugs should be available for patients in the hospital”.
“We have spoken to government about the matter and everything will be clarified soon,” she said.

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