Jammu and Kashmir News
The pharmacist was charged in April this year by the SKIMS inquiry committee, which was probing the sale of expired drugs and variceal bands at the institute’s sale counter by the Drug and Pharmacy Department.
The Central Sterilization Supply Department after sterilizing the bands returned them to the Pharmacy Department with instructions written by hand on them that read ‘use before October 2017′. The report established that the order for sterilization and sale of the expired bands were given by Rehana Parveen without informing the higher authorities. It also stated that average utilization of variceal band for 2014 and 2015 was 110 per year.
However, the chief pharmacist without any written request from the user department ordered purchase of 750 bands i.e. approximately five times more than the yearly requirement. Due to a nexus between pharmaceutical suppliers and the heads of some departments in SKIMS, expired and discarded medicine worth Rs 2.5 crore in 2014-2015 had been stocked up.
The company whose tenders are approved to supply drugs to the hospital, supply the same drugs to a private sale counter inside SKIMS too. As a result, there were two identical supplies — one of the hospital and another one private — that were available in the hospital at the same price. However, the patients were sold the ones from the private whereas the hospital supply were left unattended, left to expire.
The Acting Director, SKIMS, Dr MK Bandari mentioned that the matter will be looked into again and that he would go through the service rules under which the chief pharmacist had been confirmed by the SKIMS authorities.