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File excuse in drug rule ultimatum

The health department on Thursday failed to issue showcause notices to officials alleged to have flout- ed rules while purchasing medicines for government hospitals.

“We are clueless about the file on the basis of which notices would be served. So, the notice could not be served,” a health department source said.

On Wednesday, health minister Ramdhani Singh had said showcause notices would be served to the officials, who were involved in the alleged purchase of sub-standard medicines by Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL), by Thursday.

The minister had shared the report of a health department committee, headed by additional director K.K. Singh, according to which drugs were purchased at 40 to 400 per cent higher prices than rates quoted by the state health society.

The report stated that drugs worth Rs 60 crore were purchased between January and August this year. Out of this, Rs 14.48 crore worth medicines were purchased at higher rates compared to those fixed by the society. According to the report, drugs worth Rs 19.6 crore had been purchased from firms that have been blacklisted by other states.