The state health department will sit in a meeting with officials of fair-price medicine shops (FPMS) and government hospitals on August 23 to discuss the quality and the standard of medicines sold in these shops.
Mamata Banerjee’s government has already set up FPMSs in around 40 medical colleges and hospitals across the state on public private partnership (PPP) basis.
The health department has issued a notice few days ago asking officials of the medicines outlets, teaching and non-teaching hospitals to attend the meeting at Swasthya Bhavan.
The health department was virtually forced to take the move after a section of senior medical teachers associated with different teaching hospitals where these medicine shops have come up raised eyebrows about the quality and standard of medicines sold there.
“We want to keep a watch on the quality and standard of the medicines throughout the year. Sometimes we receive complaints from different quarters like medical fraternity and common people raising questions about quality of the drugs available in the medicine shops at hospitals. That is why we will hold the meeting to discuss the issue. Officials of the state directorate of drug control and central medical stores will also attend the meeting,” PK Lahiri, joint secretary in charge of FPMSs across the state, said.
“The state drug control will collect samples of different medicines from these shops and send them to different test laboratories outside Bengal for quality tests. The test reports will be given in a software system that has been developed recently. Concerned officials of both hospitals and medicine outlets will get the details of the test report through the software. They will also be acquainted with the software system,” Lahiri said.
The health department has already held a meeting with representatives of the laboratories selected to test medicines from FPMSs and asked them not to delay in preparing the test reports.
It has also asked them to prepare the report within maximum three weeks maintaining all types of confidentiality.
A high-power committee comprising specialist doctors, pharmacologists and drug control officers has been set up to look after the process of quality control system of medicines of government hospitals.
PATIENTS TURN VIOLENT
Two patients admitted to the emergency ward of Shambhunath Pandit Hospital allegedly went on a rampage after violent fits out of depression in the wee hours of Saturday night, attacking other patients and hospital staff.
The sudden attack created quite a panic in the hospital premises in the middle of the night, forcing the hospital authorities to call in the police.
The police tied both the patients on Saturday night.
On Sunday, the police released one of them and shifted the patient to another ward.
The other remained tied to the bed on Sunday.