Govt bans purchasing drugs from 4 Indian firms

Govt bans purchasing drugs from 4 Indian firms

September 15, 2013   11:00 am

The Ministry of Health has decided to ban the purchase of medicinal drugs from 4 Indian pharmaceutical companies due to quality issues.

Health Minister Mathripala Sirisena has ordered that the purchasing of all drugs from the companies Laborate, Vivek, Bafna and Elysium Pharma be suspended immediately due to the companies allegedly supplying substandard pharmaceutical drugs within the past 4 years.

He has instructed relevant authorities to avoid purchasing any drugs from these companies in the future and also to reacquire the money provided to the companies for purchasing drug stocks, not delivered so far.

The minister has issued instructions to import necessary medicinal drugs from Bangladesh instead, in order to prevent a drug shortage in the country due to this move.

The relevant drugs are to be purchased through the Bangladeshi government.

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