A chemist store at the PGI is under the scanner these days for selling and storing expired medicines. According to sources in the PGI, the hospital administration had received a complaint against Trilok Chemist Shop, a drug store located inside the PGI emergency, that the chemist had sold a tampered and used surgical item to a patient and deliberately not issued a bill.
Taking note of the complaint, the PGI administration had imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the chemist. Sources said that taking serious notice of the malpractices of some chemists, the PGI administration would issue warnings to them, asking them to either issue bills or face action.
An inspection committee led by Dr Anil Bhansali later inspected the same shop and found expired medicines stored there in large quantities, apart from a large stock of medicines which were approaching the expiry date. The PGI administration has sought an explanation from the chemist.
Anil Jain, proprietor of the shop, however said, "Our own internal survey was going on to phase out expired medicines when the inspection was conducted. We never sold expired medicines to anyone. We even have proof of sending back the expired medicines to distributors."
Interestingly, this is the same chemist shop which had offered the highest ever rent in the region-Rs 1.5 lakh per day. It records the highest sales among all chemist shops on the PGI campus.
Drug stores at the PGI often fleece patients by overcharging from them. At least 10 chemist shops at the PGI have either been issued warnings or fined in the past one year for various violations.