Srinagar: After receiving a tip-off, a team of inspectors from Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) raided the pharmacy department stores at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on Tuesday and found many samples of substandard intravenous (IV) fluids. The inspectors seized 4,400 bottles of IV fluids in the raid. A DFCO official said that the administration of SKIMS Soura had violated the Drug and Cosmetic Act by supplying “poor quality” intravenous fluids to thousands of patients.
“We seized nearly 4,400 bottles of intravenous fluids including Normal Saline (NS), Dextrose (DS), Ringer Lactate (RL) and Sodium Chloride (SC). All of these were found to be in serious violation of the Drug and Cosmetic Act,” the senior DFCO official told Kashmir Reader.
He said the samples of all categories of drugs had been taken for detailed examination so that prosecution can be initiated against SKIMS officials.
“We have taken the samples of nearly nine products including four types of intravenous fluids, some consumable items, and Povidine solution for examination. We will file the case against SKIMS officials after the test reports come from the labs,” the official said.
Deputy Drug Controller Irfana Ahmad said the DFCO acted upon a complaint from some doctors about the presence of “poor quality” IV fluids in the drug stores of SKIMS Soura. She didn’t divulge details about the seizures made during the raid.
“I can’t tell you the details as I am yet to receive the report about the raid and the seized products. But, the issue was of serious matter as it concerns the ailing people of Kashmir,” she said.
According to her, SKIMS pharmacy department has been under their scanner for long after several complaints in the past.
“We have acted on many complaints in the past also and found many violations. SKIMS drug dispensation comes under our jurisdiction as per the Drug Act, so we are closely monitoring it,” she said.