Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has expressed serious concern after two important drugs supplied to hospitals have been found to be substandard.
The Controller Drug & Food Control Organization J&K-Jammu had issued a public notice asking people and “stakeholders” to discontinue use of particular Amoxycillin capsules (500 mg) and Ceftriazone Injection(1 gm) supplied by J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited(JKMSCL).
These drugs have been declared “Not of Standard Quality” by Government Analyst, Combined Food & Drug (J&K)Jammu vide no.CFDL/J/2016-17/1179,dated 23/01/2017.
Reacting to the notice, DAK said it has always been apprehensive about the standard of generic drugs available in the hospital supply, which have been made mandatory for doctors to prescribe.
“DAK fears that it is a big scam in the name of cheap/free drugs, however unfortunately quality is being compromised and finally the general public is at the receiving end. It is pertinent to mention here that the drugs used for diabetes namely Metformin and Glimperide were also recently found to be of substandard quality,” a statement issued by DAK said.
Dr Masood Rashid, Executive Member of DAK said that these drugs must have already been prescribed by the doctors and consumed by patients, “who must have by now developed resistance to these drugs or some of the patients may have landed up in more serious complications due to ineffectiveness of these drugs”.
Dr Mir Mushtaq, Spokesperson, DAK appealed the health minister to look into the matter. Stating that DAK will soon call a general body meeting to discuss the “grave issue” the association asked if the legislators, ministers and bureaucrats have ever used these drugs for themselves or for their family members, which they are making mandatory for public prescriptions.
DAK also appealed doctors to carefully use these drugs and ensure that analytical reports of these drugs have been received by the heads of the departments before they are being used at hospitals.