Probe on medicine

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By Indika Sri Aravinda

The Criminal Investigation Department today arrested the owner of the pharmacy which had bought tablets belonging to the health ministry, a ministry spokesperson said.

The tablets estimated more than Rs 400,000 with the ministry seal were found by the Cosmetic Devices and Drugs Authority at a pharmacy in Pettah on Friday.
 

Subsequent to the recovery, Minister of Health, Maithreepala Sirisena had spoken to IGP Mahinda Balasuriya and had asked the CID to conduct investigations into the incident.
 

The minister had also advised the IGP to continue with investigations despite any pressures and arrests the culprits. It has also been revealed that the staff of the health ministry has been involved in this incident.
 

The Cosmetics Devices and Drugs Control Authority Director, Dr. Hemantha Beneragama is to take legal action against the owner of the pharmacy for holding government medicine, operating a pharmacy without a pharmacist, for selling drugs without a doctor’s prescription and for not keeping medicine under the appropriate temperature.
 

While the owner of the pharmacist will be fined for these charges, action will also be taken to cancel the license of the pharmacy. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wasantha Sunday, 15 August 2010 10:18 AM

    This has been happening since long time at a small scale & a larger scale. However Minister's advise to IGP not to stop investigations on pressure means, the culprits are powerful than the Minister. Such a situation does not help to eradicate corruption. This will be another episode of a drama.

    freedom Monday, 16 August 2010 02:59 AM

    thats why no medcine in OPD, We have to get them from out side

    Edwardo Baltazar Sunday, 15 August 2010 10:25 AM

    welll said wasantha.....

    Geronimo Sunday, 15 August 2010 10:57 AM

    Somewhere down the investigation the IGP will get orders from the top to sweep it under the carpet.That is the norm.

    Ram Monday, 16 August 2010 04:23 AM

    Do you think that he, the Drug Inspectors attached to Health Ministry doesn't know so far. Just a drama with actors participated from CD&DA.

    dagobert Monday, 16 August 2010 04:44 AM

    Find the culprits in the Ministry first and kick them out.

    Then, go after Pharmacy, cancell their licence and impose a very heavy fine. (07) times the value of the drugs.

    Come down hard & treat the culprits harshly as you are permitted.
    proprietor of the Pharmacy in addition ordered to do 240 hours of compulsory community service cleaning bathrooms at the Prison's Hospital Wards and cells.

    shameer Sunday, 15 August 2010 12:26 PM

    You can open a separate ministry to deal with corruption happening inside health ministry..... Unfortunately its the educated people who take part in these things......

    Senior Citizen Sunday, 15 August 2010 12:37 PM

    It is a sad reflection on the state of the law administration and the Police in Sri Lanka, when the Minister has to ask the IGP to conduct investigations and not stoop for anyone. This means that in normal circumstances there is no proper Law enforcement and the Police are corrupt and takes sides.

    Surangi Sunday, 15 August 2010 01:05 PM

    DIG Crimes will do a good job.


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