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There is no mechanism within the PGIMER to rationalise the actual retail prices of medicines and surgical items, apart from ensuring discounts of 15% to 30% as per terms and conditions associated with allotment of shops on the campus.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 14, 2013 19:21 IST

There is no mechanism within the PGIMER to rationalise the actual retail prices of medicines and surgical items, apart from ensuring discounts of 15% to 30% as per terms and conditions associated with allotment of shops on the campus.


Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar confirmed this.

Sources revealed that Techno Medical Services Pvt Ltd (TMS), which markets ‘Romsons’ products in Chandigarh, had proposed to the GMCH-32 authorities to sell medical items like IV sets for as low as Rs 9 if given a chance to run a pharmacy on the hospital premises. Company sources said they could earn a healthy profit at even this low retail price, and also ensure the hospital enough revenue at the same time. Confronted on the matter, GMSH-16 medical superintendent Dr Rajiv Vadehra first tried to evade the question as to whether a particular brand of surgical instrument was needed for better treatment. "Go and ask the doctor who has prescribed the surgical instruments. He will tell you why he ordered for a particular brand. I am no surgeon and cannot comment on it; why should I?"

A PGIMER doctor, who did not wish to be named, said, "Doctors never prescribe a particular brand; we are doctors, not marketing executives. It would be unethical." Saurabh Gupta, the owner of a Sector 11 shop, confirmed this practice.

‘Have no other option’
Mubaseer, a 12-year-old from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, had come with his father, Mursaleem, to the PGIMER for a nose reconstruction surgery. Talking to HT, Mursaleem said he buys medicines from shops on the PGI campus and Khudda Lahora village. He said the price difference was too high. “In the case of medicines that I buy for my son, it varies from Rs 500 to 700.”

He said patients had no other option but to buy the medicines being sold at higher prices. “Where else would I look in case of an emergency.”

Shocking numbers
As one goes to different shops in PGI, one finds difference in prices of medicines and surgical items. The steepest fall in prices, however, is when one moves out of the campus itself. Here are the comparative figures:

Trilok Medicals, advanced trauma centre, PGI
Article MRP Actual retail price Discount
BT set R110 R50 54.54%
IV set R90 R50 44.44%
Cannula R81 R50 39%
AAR Medicos, new OPD block, PGI
BT set R78 R44 43.6%
IV set R70 R50 28.5%
Cannula R81 R50 38.3%
Family Chemists, Sector 11, Chd
BT set R78 R31.20 60%
IV set R70 R24.50 65%
Cannula R81 R23.50 71%
HOSPITAL MEDICAL AND SURGICAL STORE, GMSH-16
BT set R78 R20 74.35%
IV set R75 R18 76%
Cannula R72 R36 50%
Shubh Sidh Medical Store, Khudda Lahora village
BT set R78 R20 74.5%
IV set R70 R10 85%
Cannula R81 R15 81.5%
Anil Chemists, Sector 6, panchkula
BT set R61 R25 59%
IV set R70 R25 64.28%
Cannula R65 R40 38.5%
SAS Nagar civil hospital
BT set R78 R30 63.1%
IV set R90 R20 77.7%
Cannula NA NA NA