Press Esc to close
Friday 01 August 2014
News updated at 1:04 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Cloudy sky

Generic drugs sold for profits, says BJP MLA

Bangalore, Jul 23, 2012, DHNS :

In an embarrassment to the BJP, a ruling party legislator sought the resignation of Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas on the floor of the Legislative Assembly accusing him of misleading the public on the sale of generic drugs at subsidised rates in the recently opened government outlets.

BJP legislator Sarvabhouma Bagali sprang a surprise during a debate on the drought situation in the the State by claiming that he had documents to support his allegations that the generic drug outlets recently opened by the government were selling medicines for a huge profit.

The State government had teamed up with the Karnataka Co-operative Consumer Federation to set up 20 Janata Baazar generic drug stores across the State to make available drugs to poor patients at 50 to 80 per cent discount. The Minister was not present in the House.


“These outlets claim that they are selling generic drugs at a discount. But in reality they are making huge profits. I purchased Pantoprazol 40 mg, a remedy for acidity, at one of the outlets and was shocked when I was charged Rs 57.66 for 10 tablets. These tablets are available at Rs 7.60 in the open market”, Bagali, who represents the Indi constituency, claimed.

The legislator claimed that other generic drugs in these outlets were also being sold at huge profits thereby duping the general public. He charged that Ramdas and senior officers in the Medical Education department were hand in glove in the alleged “scam”.

He alleged that the drug mafia had influenced Ramdas in establishing generic drug sale outlets. Ramdas had sent a note to the Principal Secretary to Medical Education Department in November last year to consider opening of the generic drug sales outlets and the department issued orders at “lightning speed”, he alleged.

The Opposition, seizing the opportunity, sought the government to constitute a house committee to probe the matter.

 Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa said the Medical Education minister would be briefed about the issue raised by Bagali and the government will furnish its reply soon.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An man holds a cycle and wades through a flooded street as it rains in Mumbai. Heavy rainfall...

An man holds a cycle and wades through a flooded street as it rains in Mumbai. Heavy rainfall...

A traditional Teej procession at Tripolia Gate in Jaipur on Thursday...

A traditional Teej procession at Tripolia Gate in Jaipur on Thursday...

Gold medal winner Vikas Shive Gowda of India throws the discus in the final at Hampden Park...

Gold medal winner Vikas Shive Gowda of India throws the discus in the final at Hampden Park...

South Africa's Rhett Halkett, right, vies for the ball with India's Chandanda Nikkin, during...

South Africa's Rhett Halkett, right, vies for the ball with India's Chandanda Nikkin, during...

Arvind Panwar makes his way towards the finish line in the Men's Time Trial during...

Arvind Panwar makes his way towards the finish line in the Men's Time Trial during...

Dipa Karmakar of India performs during the women's gymnastics vault apparatus final at the 2014...

Dipa Karmakar of India performs during the women's gymnastics vault apparatus final at the 2014...

Babita Kumari wrestles with Canada's Brittanee Laverdure during the women's Freestyle...

Babita Kumari wrestles with Canada's Brittanee Laverdure during the women's Freestyle...

People at waterlogged Shivaji Chowk, Bhiwandi after heavy rains near Mumbai on Thursday...

People at waterlogged Shivaji Chowk, Bhiwandi after heavy rains near Mumbai on Thursday...

NDRF personnel with a body of a victim of landslide at Malin village on Thursday...

NDRF personnel with a body of a victim of landslide at Malin village on Thursday...

A crack seen on the highway caused by the erosion due to heavy rains at Kasara Ghat...

A crack seen on the highway caused by the erosion due to heavy rains at Kasara Ghat...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523