Continuing its drive against the sale and purchase of spurious drugs, the drug and food control department (DFCD) seized 8500 vials of Ampicillin from Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) Hospital, Jammu. The hospital houses gynaecology, paediatrics, ENT and dermatology departments.
SMGS Hospital medical superintendent Dr Dara Singh said: "When the batch of ampicillin was supplied to the hospital, we voluntarily gave the sample to the drug and food control department to check it in view the ongoing problem of spurious drugs in Jammu and Kashmir."
Singh further said the DFCD had conducted a visual inspection and on the basis of that 95.5% ampicillin supplied was found sub-standard and foreign bodies were also found in many of them".
As a precautionary measure, SMGS, Hospital, has handed over the entire batch to the drug and food control officer.
"The ampicillin batch supplied to us contained 16,750 viles, out of which 50% were consumed. For patients' safety, we have immediately stopped the use of the rest and handed over them to the drug and food control department. Moreover, we have also told DFCD to test the samples chemically", he said.
When asked whether the hospital would verify the certification of the drug supplier, the medical superintendent said, "The variation in samples and certificate is also being verified by the DFCD as it comes under their ambit".
Meanwhile, a DFCD official informed, "The lifting of samples from hospitals is a routine process, and during the inspection most of the samples were found positive. Samples are checked on 12-13 parameters. Some drugs have failed on certain parameters. Unconsumed stock has been seized as guidelines."
These samples from SMGS and other hospitals were lifted in April for verification after the samples of tablets of maximizin (625) have been found counterfeit from a Srinagar Hospital. DFCD received this report on Tuesday. Ampicillin injections are being prescribed to children in SMGS Hospital