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‘Expired’ medicines worth lakhs found at CGHS dispensary

Expired medicines worth lakhs stocked at Mukundnagar dispensary — the head office of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) here — were found by the CBI on Monday and Tuesday.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: May 16, 2012 12:58:23 am

Expired medicines worth lakhs stocked at Mukundnagar dispensary — the head office of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) here — were found by the CBI on Monday and Tuesday. Over one lakh beneficiaries,including pensioners,are provided medicines from its seven dispensaries in the city.

During a ‘routine’ check,CBI officials found huge stocks of medicines past their expiry dates. CBI officials also came across discrepancies in stocks,shortage of medicines as well surplus at some places.

CBI-ACB superintendent of police Vidya Kulkarni said they conduct such routine checks at various government institutions every month. “This is part of that check. We will send the report to respective department heads in the central government,” she said.

CGHS additional director Dr Eknath Kanade said,“CBI officials found some shortage of medicines as well as surplus stock. Some expired medicines were also found.”

CGHS,in a pilot project,has categorised medicines in four categories. The first is common medicines for distribution,the second is medicines issued by General Medical Store Department (Mumbai) twice a year. The third comprise local purchases and the fourth are life saving medicines procured through tendering process. “We provided CBI all the necessary documents,” said Kanade.

This is the second such check on the Pune dispensary after 2010. At that time,too,the CBI had found some expired medicines. CGHS has seven dispensaries — at Akurdi,Phulenagar,Pune Camp,Mangalwar Peth,Boys Battalion,Range Hills and Mukundnagar. Around 70 types of medicines were examined on Tuesday.

CGHS on its own is also verifying discrepanices in benefits given to card holders. As many as 193 cards are under the scanner. Beneficiaries of CGHS are admitted at affiliated hospitals in the general ward,semi-private and private wards. However,some beneficiaries were availing of benefits for private wards while they were eligible only for admission to the general ward,officials said.

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