Haryana doc using expired medicines, gets week to clarify stand
Karnal ADC Chander Shekhar has served a show-cause notice to a practicing allopath to furnish details within a week about medicines recovered from his clinic whose expiry dates had passed. The action was taken after a family of Model Town alleged that Sunanda Kharbanda, 47, died on Tuesday after expired medicines and injections were administered to him by accused Dr Ved Wadhwa.chandigarh Updated: Aug 31, 2012 20:14 IST
Karnal additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Chander Shekhar on Friday served a show-cause notice to a practicing allopath to furnish details within a week about medicines recovered from his clinic whose expiry dates had passed.
The action was taken after a family of Model Town alleged that Sunanda Kharbanda, 47, died on Tuesday after expired medicines and injections were administered to him by accused Dr Ved Wadhwa.
However, officials clarified that Kharbanda was cremated on Wednesday and the family did not get the post-mortem examination done for unsaid reasons.
But Kharbanda's family got suspicious of Dr Wadhwa's conduct and demanded his arrest on murder charges.
The additional deputy commissioner initiated an inquiry on Friday and summoned Dr Wadhwa at his mini secretariat office in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, sources said the district drug controller and two-member team of doctors from the local civil hospital seized a large number of medicines and injections from Dr Wadhwa's clinic at Model Town whose shelf life had ended.
Sources claimed that the team had also found health supplement tablets meant for government hospital supplies from Wadhwa's clinic.
ADC Shekhar told the Hindustan Times that Dr Wadhwa had been served a mandatory one-week time to furnish details as to where did he source medicines and injections from and how he managed to dispend them.
"Further action would be taken on the grounds of Dr Wadhwa's reply," the ADC said.
However, sources in the health department said the exact reason behind Kharbanda's death was still not confirmed.
Kharbanda's family reportedly told the administration that she was suffering from fever, diarrhoea and was treated by various doctors of the town.
A senior district official, on the condition of anonymity, said the Kharbanda family had acted in haste and spoiled various evidences in emotional bout.
"First, they did not get Kharbanda's autopsy done and later her supporters did not allow the clinic to be sealed on Wednesday night. Sealing could have ensured that no one had tampered with the medicine stocks at the clinic," the official said.
The district administration had video recorded the event of seizing samples but the supporters of the aggrieved family barged into the clinic and ransacked the stock of medicines.
The family and their well-wishers took away several medicines and injections to show them to the deputy commissioner at Panchayat Bhawan on Thursday.
First Published: Aug 31, 2012 20:11 IST