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Panel to probe Rs 4 cr expired drugs

 SHILLONG, Feb 21 – Meghalaya Government has constituted two committees tasked with ascertaining facts relating to reported destruction of over Rs 4 crore worth of medicines lying in the Health department godown and the other to ensure that purchase of medicines should be ‘demand-driven’.

 The two committees include the fact finding committee (FFC) to be headed by Secretary of Health while the other committee on purchase of medicine will be under the Additional Chief Secretary in-charge Health.

“We have decided to constitute the fact finding committee (FFC) to ascertain the facts with regards to the expired medicines that were lying in the government godown,” Health Minister AL Hek told reporters after a high level meeting with officials of the Health department held here recently.

He said the four-member FFC will also find out the root cause that led to the destruction of expired medicines valued at over Rs 4 crore recently purchased under the funds of the National Health Rural Mission (NRHM). They will report within a month, he said.

The Health Minister said that the last purchase of medicines by the NHRM was made during 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 and the total amount spent for the purpose was Rs 4.25 crore.

Further, the Minister informed that the meeting also decided to constitute a committee to be headed by Additional Chief Secretary in charge Health to see that the purchase of medicines in the State should be according to the demand.

“All these years, the purchase of medicines has been supply-driven,” Hek said adding “Due to this, the government has entrusted the committee to take the role of an apex body to decide on the purchase of medicines.” – PTI

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