Health department on Saturday ordered the suspension of drug storekeepers/pharmacists in nineteen districts of Madhya Pradesh for not sending the drug samples for quality testing.
The order was issued on Saturday by additional director (administration) health department Shailbala Martin, instructing all the divisional joint directors to suspend the drug storekeepers /pharmacists in 19 districts.
Storekeepers from Hoshangabad, Jhabua, Harda and Chhindwara have been suspended, besides, the axe has fallen on storekeepers/pharmacists from Bhind, Betul, Barwani and Ashoknagar. Other districts in the list are Narsinghpur, Panna, Mandsaur, Rajgarh, Ratlam, Seoni, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh, Umaria, Shajapur and Vidisha.
Norms for quality inspection of drugs are set according to the state government’s 2009 drug policy and orders issued by the director health services. For quality control of drugs in the state, the sample of each batch supplied by the firms have to be sent to selected accredited laboratories within three days of receipt by respective chief medical and health officers/ civil surgeons cum hospital superintendents.
Ex-director of health terminated
MP government on Saturday issued orders for termination of the services of suspended former director health Dr Ashok Sharma. Earlier, Lokayukta had filed charge-sheet against him for his alleged involvement in irregularities in the purchase of anti-TB drugs.