Substandard drugs killing patients in JK: DAK

Substandard drugs killing patients in JK: DAK

Srinagar: Expressing grave concern over continued influx of substandard drugs in Jammu and Kashmir (JK), Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday said that these drugs are killing patients.
Shocked over the supply of these drugs, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that every day patients die because of substandard and falsified medications.
83 drugs have been found substandard and misbranded during the last two years, which was revealed by the Health Minister on the floor of the Assembly.
This is the tip of the ice-burg as most of the drugs remain unchecked, Dr Nisar said.
He added that less than 1% of the drugs get checked and more than 99% of medicines are without quality assurance.
“In fact, whole drug market is under the dragnet of these poor-quality drugs,” Dr Nisar said.
He said that there is a deep-rooted nexus between the drug mafia and shoddy pharma units that pump massive quantities of substandard drugs in JK.
“There are doctors who prescribe these drugs to patients and in return receive huge money from these firms,” Dr Nisar said adding “they are on pay-rolls of these companies and receive cars, jewellery, laptops, cellphones, foreign trips and what not for writing these products.”
He alleged that this is within the knowledge of authorities and agencies meant to control the menace.

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