Police registered a case against child specialist Dr Parmod Kumar Jain on Tuesday for administering an expired vaccine to a five-month old child here. Social activist Sukhwinder Singh Bhandari complained against the doctor for using expired oral suspension, Rotarix-a vaccine used to prevent rotavirus responsible for causing diarrhoea on his grandson Parshav on Sunday evening.
Bhandari said the doctor had charged Rs 1,500 for the vaccine having maximum retail price of Rs 1,270. As the doctor did not issue him any receipt, Bhandari took the packing of the vaccine with him. When his son continued to vomit and cry with mild irritation in his stomach, he checked the packing and found out that the medicine was manufactured in 2012 and got expired in August, 2015.
He said, “I demand strict legal action against the doctor as per law. Luckily, my grandson is safe.”
Drug inspector Prabhdeep Singh said, “We have checked purchase records and medicine stocks of the doctor. He has 8-9 bills of Rotarix vaccine. We have found 15 expired vials of DPT vaccine. The doctor has already tendered an apology for using an expired medicine by mistake.”
“Doctors can keep a limited stock of certain medicines in their own cabin under schedule K of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940,” Prabhdeep said.
Station house officer Davinder Singh said, “We have registered a case under Sections 420 (cheating) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”
Dr Jain could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.