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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:27 IST

Epilepsy drugs in Delhi Govt Hospitals found 'Spurious'

Days after Delhi's LG VK Saxena instructed the Health Secretary to withdraw substandard drugs, Sodium Valporate, critical medication for epilepsy found spurious

Madhurima Mishra
Delhi LG's Order: Sodium Valporate Fails Quality Test
Delhi LG's Order: Sodium Valporate Fails Quality Test | Image:Pexel

 

New Delhi: Days after Lt Governor of Delhi VK Saxena directed the Health Secretary of Delhi government to withdraw substandard drugs, yet another rampantly used drug failed the test. Sodium Valporate a critical drug used to treat epilepsy and seizures in Delhi government hospitals was found spurious by Regional Drug Testing Laboratory, Chandigarh. 

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The Delhi LG had issued a crackdown on substandard medicines being pushed in the markets of the national capital. 

Earlier this week LG had referred the matter of fake drugs in Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's hospitals and Mohalla clinics to CBI. The LG office has tabled its concern in front of the Delhi Health Secretary. 

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The report where Sodium Valporate failed drug test was issued by Government Analyst RDTL on 22nd December. “All the failed drugs may be immediately identified and should be removed from the stock of all the hospitals where such drugs have been supplied so as to ensure that the general public are not administered with such "Not of Standard Quality Drugs", LG said. 

The LG has also requested to clarify as to how much payment is made till now to these companies and manufacturers and how much payment is pending. 

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“You are requested to take possession of all the documents related to the procurement of drugs inter-alia including tender documents and files relating to the same immediately a n d provide the original copy of the same to the Directorate of Vigilance, GNCTD on or before 26.12.2023. You are also requested to provide terms and conditions of the appointment of dealers/distributors for execution of supply in respect of above failed drugs,” the LG specified in his letter. 

Meanwhile Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj directed the Health Secretary to make alternative arrangements for those five medicines which failed the quality standard test and which have been withdrawn from the market. He has asked an officer to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) within a fortnight regarding the purchase and supply of medicines. So as to ensure that the medicines and consumables purchased through the Central Procurement Agency and Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal are of standard quality.

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 20:36 IST

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