Drug mafia sabotaging implementation of drug policy: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Thursday said that drug mafia in Kashmir was sabotaging the implementation of state drug policy.
In a statement, DAK president Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that state drug policy was sanctioned in January 2012 to keep quality and cheaper medicines available for patients in government hospitals and check influx of spurious drugs but drug mafia is adopting every conceivable method to scuttle it.
“There is a deep rooted nexus between drug mafia and some doctors who in connivance with some higher ups in the department are involved in spurious drug trade in the valley. These doctors are in league with shoddy pharma companies and are on their payrolls.”
He alleged that the pharma companies provide these doctors luxury cars, family trips and household items for prescribing their drugs.
“These doctors have brought disrepute and disgrace to the sacrosanct medical profession and broken age old bond between patients and doctors. This doctor-drug mafia nexus is misleading public by disseminating false information regarding drug policy in general and generic drugs in particular,” he added.
He alleged that for opposing drug policy, “these doctors along with their higher ups receive huge sums of money from pharmaceutical companies.”
“Drug mafia is hatching a conspiracy to bury drug policy which otherwise will bring relief to poor patients by accessibility and affordability of quality medicines,” he said.
Hassan alleged that higher officials of health department were using their accomplices to oppose the drug policy “as they are earning huge money from purchases of medicines which will end with implementation of drug policy.”