Fake drug scam: Premier laboratories find 24 more drugs spurious

Srinagar: Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday said that two premier drug testing laboratories of India have found 24 more drugs of substandard quality out of 50 that were tested.

President of the doctors’ body, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan while addressing an press conference said, “Out of 156 samples taken from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, 24 drugs were declared as “not of standard quality” by the Government Analyst of Central Drugs Laboratory Kolkata and Regional Drug Testing Lab Chandigarh.”

“These drugs include most important lifesaving medicines used to treat patients at death bed with the hope to recover [patient’s] health. It is shame for both state and central government. I want nation to react,” said Hassan.

He said that even the samples collected from private chemist shops have been found substandard.

Giving details about the new drugs tested in laborites at Central Drug Laboratory Kolkata and Regional Drug Testing Laboratory Chandigarh, he said: “The drugs include Dicloflam injection, Inj Amoxicilin and Potassium Clavulenate, Zexpoxin, Traxol, Boitocin, Dexamethasone, P-Min10%, Metonorm (Metclopramide Injection IP), Pheiramine Maleate Injectin IP, Diclofenac Sodium Injection, Metonorm (Metoclopramide Injection IP), Bolecef 250 Injection, Metonorm (metoclopramide Injection IP), Cefotaxime Sodium Injection IP 500 gm, Pheniramine Laleate Injection IP, Curfcef 1000 Injection, Cureclox (Amoxycillin Dicloxacillin Capsules), Levecetirizine Dihydrochloride Tablets IP 5mg (Levitrax), Cefpodoxime Proxetil Tablets IP (Cefdom-p), Calcium Carbonate tablets (Marycal 500), Ofloxacin Tablets IP (ONOFBACT-200), Nirofuratone Tab IP and Clonazepam 1mg IP. Two drugs collected from SKIMS have also been found substandard where most of the needy and poor persons go with the hope.”

He said that the report was prepared by Central Drugs Controller Organization and sent to State vide its letter number JSZ/SDC/Sample Report/2013/700, adding, “The samples were taken randomly from various hospitals in Pulwama, Pampore, Baramulla, Doda, Bhaderwah and Srinagar.”

It reiterated its demand to set up an independent commission to ascertain facts.

The doctors’ body demanded government to arrest those involved in the fake drug scam or the body would agitate soon after Eid. The body also urged people to react and fight against these social evils.

The body blamed the scam to be ‘government sponsored’ that is ‘making police helpless to arrest those charge sheeted”. Nisar said that he is convinced that various (government) agencies are involved in it.

He said that death of 500 children in GB Panth hospital didn’t occur because of negligence of doctors but due to spurious drugs. DAK President said: “Those involved in scam includes high ups and politicians. But are not being suspended and arrested because having the cover of politicians who know that once accused would be arrested, they (Politicians) would be exposed to public.”

He said that he had written a letter to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi asking federal government’s intervention in fake drug scam to punish guilty as the matter involves ‘human issue’, “But didn’t receive any response till date.”

DAK president said that he had also sent documental proof to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah against the involved persons in scam. “But he issued clean chit to Sham Lal Sharma claiming that no evidence is available against him.” He said that people of Valley should stick to the cause and should not change colours like chameleons. “In year 2008, people here shouted for ‘Azadi’ and next they recorded highest percentage of casting votes in the history of State.”

Reiterating its commitment to carry on its fight against spurious drugs, he said, “Government had plans to put me behind bars for a long but I am thankful to media who pressurize government and made my release possible.”

(Inputs: CNS)