‘Pharmacy dept allows use of drug without inspection by expert committee’
SRINAGAR: The Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura has stopped the use of ‘poor quality’ intravenous (IV) fluids, a day after Kashmir Reader reported about the drug department’s raid on its stores.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javaid Shah told Kashmir Reader that he has instructed the officials to stop the use of IV fluids which came under the scanner after the drug inspectors of the Drug and Food Control Organisation seized 4,400 bottles of fluid from the Institute’s pharmacy stores during a raid.
“I hold an emergency meeting of various officials and decided to stop all the fluid of ‘Eurolife’ company and find some alternate source for the same on fast track basis,” he said.
According to sources, the SKIMS pharmacy department has been allowing the use of ‘poor quality’ intravenous fluids without quality checks by the inspection team, putting at risk the lives of thousands of patients.
“The officials of the Drug and Food Control Organisation have found that the intravenous fluids were supplied without the necessary marking which says it is ‘SKIMS supply, not for sale’. The fluids, especially normal saline, were completely in contravention to the Drug and Cosmetic Act because the covering and labelling of the drug was defective. It puts its safety and efficacy under threat of compromise,” said an official.
He said the fluids which were seized were not cleared by the SKIMS inspection team, which is mandatory for any supply before it is put to use.
Meanwhile, the SKIMS administration has vindicated the Reader story ‘In raid on SKIMS drug stores, 4,400 bottles of low quality IV fluids seized’, saying that “drug inspector has ‘freezed’ 4,400 bottles of Normal Saline (NS) with batch no. S007668 manufactured by Eurolife and filled form 15 for same. While a total of 9 samples were picked via form 17 for analysis.”
The hospital administration also admitted that the fluids were in use on a “trial basis”.
“After proper tendering, the order for various IV fluids was issued in favour of Eurolife Healthcare, vide order no. SIMS 325 55 fluids/2018-1694-97, dated: 16.04.2018. The said fluid was on trial basis as per order. However, the department of drug and pharmacy received an official complaint by HoD Anesthesia via SIMS 101 318-1916-18, dated: 03.07.2018 following which the samples were sent to microbiology for analysis. Also the drug inspector Zone III was contacted via pharmacist Mr. Naseer Ahmad for analysis of the fluid under complaint,” PRO SKIMS said in a ‘rebuttal’ to the Kashmir Reader story.