ISM Central Store found unhygienic
ISM challenges Vigilance
JAMMU: State Vigilance Organisation is reported to have detected nexus and money transfer between doctors of Indian System of Medicines (ISM) and suppliers, who are alleged to have supplied spurious drugs.
Surprisingly, the drugs— Prostrate Forte, natural herbal supplement and Kaishore Guggulu purchased by the ISM in the past three months have been supplied to dispensaries, notwithstanding the fact that these were stored in the rooms full of termite. The fungal infected that were seized samples on Friday from various ISM centres in Jammu, Samba and Kathua have been sent for testing.
Meanwhile, the Central Store, which was sealed, was opened on Saturday in the presence of magistrate.
Apart from drugs seized, the Vigilance sleuths have found some other drugs lying in unhygienic condition. Two doctors, Rakesh Kumar Raina and Shuja of ISM, who had been designated as Drug Inspectors under an SRO, are alleged to have never checked the medicines.
The Vigilance started investigations after receiving specific complaints about the sub-standard quality of drugs like Prostrate Forte and Kaishore Guggulu. Since Apirl, over 48,000 bottles of Prostrate Forte tablets and 25,000 bottles of Kaishore Guggulu capsules have been purchased by the ISM Department.
The SVO teams are scrutinising records and according to sources a scam involving about Rs 50 crore is being investigated.
The drugs manufactured by brand Baidyanath are being supplied by the company Baijnath. The medicines prepared under these banners are only purchased by ISM, said a SVO investigators.
Moreover, the Vigilance sleuths are looking into the reports of money having been transferred between the concerned doctors and suppliers.
Reacting to STATE TIMES report “Vigilance raids ISM centres; central store sealed”, the Directorate of ISM has constituted an enquiry committee vide Order No. DGISM/3070-89 dated September 10, 2016 to conduct thorough enquiry .
In a preliminary Enquiry Report, the Committee has, inter alia, reached the conclusion that prima facie there is no deviation from the set procedure in procuring the medicine viz Tab. Prostate Forte and Kaishore Guggulu.
“There is no complaint of developing of fungus or any defect by these medicines issued to almost all the institutions of Jammu Division. The improper storage and handling, lack of supervision by the concerned Medical Officer or mischief by an insider cannot be ruled out”, the Department has written to STATE TIMES.
“On receiving the Enquiry Report, the Incharge Dispensaries (where fungus was allegedly developed in medicine Tab. Prostate Forte and Kaishore Guggulu) have been placed under suspension, pending enquiry into their conduct/ dereliction of duty as they have failed to inform their superior offices about the alleged development of fungus,” states the ISM’s letter.
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