As part of its nation-wide drive against spurious medicines, expired drugs were found by CBI during raids at seven central government hospitals and dispensaries in Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram, the investigating agency said on Thursday.
"During surprise checks, some of the drugs had lesser shelf life at the time of procurement and some of them were found expired. The same were being issued to patients posing health hazards," CBI Joint Director (South) Ashok Kumar told reporters here.
He said the joint surprise checks were conducted in Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanthapuram from May 15 to 18 at seven central government hospitals and dispensaries and samples were taken in the presence of independent witnesses with the help of drug inspectors.
The samples had been sent to Central Drugs Testing Laboratory, Kumar said, adding the results would be available within ten days.
He, however, declined to name the hospitals.
Joint surprise check by special team of central drug inspectors and CBI, Chennai, was conducted in four pharmaceutical companies in Puducherry and one distributor in Chennai in the presence of independent witnesses," the officer said, adding samples of 16 drugs were taken from these places.
Eight drums of drugs/powder, which were kept as rejected material but not tallying with entries in the records, were seized by the drug inspector from the premises of one company.
Some quantity of drugs which were about to expire but shown as returned to the manufacturer were also seized from the distributor in Chennai along with relevant documents, he said.
Kumar said his team also seized adulterated petroleum products from various places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Expressing concern over "illegal diversion of potassium chloride, meant for agricultural purpose, to industrial purpose, he said, it was a huge revenue loss to the government.