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Illegal drug sale slur on doctor

A doctor of Vardhaman Ayurvigyan Sansthan at Pawapuri in Nalanda has been accused of illegal selling of drugs.

The Drugs Control Administration, which runs under the health department, has found Awadhesh Kumar Sinha, a child specialist of Vardhaman Ayurvigyan Sansthan, indulged in the practice of selling physician samples and drugs purchased for dispensaries following the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).

According to the Drugs Control Administration sources, illegal selling of physician samples and drugs meant for hospitals following the Central Government Health Scheme is a cognisable and non-bailable offence.

Sources said the Drugs Control Administration has been lodged an FIR against the doctor concerned and he has been booked under many sections of the Drug Cosmetics Amendment Act, 2008.

A team, headed by drug inspector Sachchdinand Jha, raided the doctor’s clinic on Friday. “Acting on a tip-off, we have raided the doctor’s clinic at Biharsharif. During the raid at the clinic, we found physician samples and drugs meant for hospitals following Central Government Health Scheme. We have arrested two of the four compounders at the clinic. But the doctor and the other two compounders managed to escape. We have lodged an FIR in this connection. The doctor has also been booked under many sections of the Drug Cosmetics Amendment Act, according to which he could be sent to jai for at least three years,” Jha said.

Ramesh Kumar, the assistant drug controller, and two other drug inspectors — Pradeep Kumar and Ranjeet Kumar — accompanied him in the raid. Jha said Sinha was running the drug store at his clinic without licence.

According to the Drugs Control Administration sources, the department has still not been able to find out from where the doctor managed to get the physician samples and drugs.

However, this is not the first time that the Drugs Control Administration has found illegal sale of physician samples. On September 25, 2013, physician samples worth Rs 2 crore were recovered from Mithapur bus stand. In 2012, a huge quantity of physician samples was recovered from the shops of Govind Mitra Road, a hub of medical stores situated in the state capital.

Sources said the Drugs Control Administration had earlier suspected the involvement of a doctor in the illegal sale of physician samples.

“The sale of physician samples is completely prohibited. The medical representatives provide these samples to the doctors for the promotional purpose. The idea behind providing the physician samples is to convince the doctors to prescribe the particular drug to the patients. Not only Awadhesh Kumar Sinha, the doctor, was selling the physician samples illegally, but was doing so from an unauthorised shop. This is completely illegal,” Jha said.