Jammu and Kashmir
The drug control department of Jammu and Kashmir has found that a counterfeit version of an antibiotic was supplied to several government hospitals in Srinagar, jeopardising the lives of many patients.
The scam came to light recently after the drug controller took samples of Maximizen (amoxicillin trihydrate), manufactured by a company at Solan in Himachal Pradesh, for examination.
The drug is manufactured by Affy Parenterals in Solan and distributed by Jammu-based Lifeline Pharmaceutical Traders and Surgicals in the state.
“We have never signed any contract or supplied any pharmaceutical products to any government hospital in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official of the firm said as quoted in a local Jammu daily.
The company further said it manufactured the brand for retail sale and not for hospital supply as mentioned in the report.
The drug is supplied to associated hospitals of the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar.
Now the department has taken antibiotic injections for tests.
“We have sent them to Jammu, and the report is expected to come soon,” said an official.
“Who are these people selling fake medicine in the name of reputed companies? They cannot play with the lives of people and get away with it,” he said
An official while pleading anonymity told Early Times that though the issue came to lime light at several occasions but merely cosmetic exercises were done and no serious action was initiated against those involved. ”
JK has become a hot bed of sub-standard drugs. There are chemist shops running without licenses. There are no action against the erring officials who were in past caught red handed involved in the spurious drug scam. What is needed is an immediate action and long term strategy so that precious lives could be saved.