Chief Judicial Magistrate,Bhawna Jain,on Tuesday acquitted five company officials,including the Managing Director of Venus Remedies Ltd,a Panchkula-based firm,from the charge of supplying fungus-ridden Dextrose injections to the government hospital in Sector 6,Panchkula,in 2001.
The court acquitted Pawan Chaudhary,Managing Director of Venus Remedies Limited,Gurpal Singh,Microbiologist and Incharge Quality Control of the company,Hari Ram Goel,Manufacturing Chemist,J D Sharma,Manager Production and Virender Singhal,Proprietor,in the case. J D Sharma has died during the trial of the case.
The prosecution proceedings were initiated against the accused under the Criminal Procedure and the Drugs Act in 2001 after the Drug Department found that patients admitted at the emergency ward of the Sector 6 Panchkula hospital were being administered with fungus-infested Dextrose injections of batch 3447 contained in 500 ml glass bottles.
Defence counsel M S Rathi had argued before the court that it was the hospital which was at fault as it had not maintained proper conditions of temperature which caused the fungus in the drug. He had argued before the court that there were no complaints about the drug with the same batch number that was supplied to private hospitals. The defence counsel has further argued that the Drug Department had sent only four samples for testing against the requirement of eight test samples. The office of Government Analyst,Haryana,Chandigarh,had however confirmed the prescence of fungus in the drug.
The defence counsel said that during the course of trial,the complainant in the case,Drug Inspector Deepak Puri,did not turn up for evidence. The hospital in its defence had argued that the senior medical officer (SMO) of Sector 6 through a letter,had intimated the Drug Inspector that the purchase of the drug was made through the central poll of the Director General of Health Services,Haryana.
The Drug Department had made out that in contravention of the Drugs Act,the accused manufactured,distributed and sold the life-saving drug (Dextrose Solution) that was highly injurious to health in view of the presence of fungus and bacteria in it. The Drug Department had also produced statements of accused stating that the fungus infected drugs were manufactured by some of the accused.