Drugs worth Rs 10 crore wasted at govt godown

Drugs worth Rs 10 crore wasted at govt godown

A surprise inspection on the warehouse of the Karnataka State Drugs Logistics and Warehousing Society in the city late in the night on Tuesday by the Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader revealed that drugs worth Rs 10 crores have been wasted as they were kept beyond their expiry period. 

“Some of the drugs lying in the warehouse were 15 years old. They have not been disposed as per the Drug Disposal Rules. The warehouse has been directed to start disposing the drugs as soon as possible,” the minister said.

The minister took note of the documents and medicine inventory and the transactions that have taken place in the past. The Warehousing Society was later directed to ensure proper computerisation of documents.

The surprise inspection was conducted after a regional television channel had claimed that drugs worth Rs 100 crore were left unattended in the godown. The minister refuted these allegations and clarified that the present additional director was not responsible for the mismanagement as he took charge only recently.  

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