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Drug shortage forces Doctors to use drugs with severe complications: Dr. Nalinda

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The recent death of the young woman at the Peradeniya Hospital has been caused due to the shortage of drugs where the consultants and the doctors had been compelled to use available drugs as there had been no drugs with less complications in the hospital at the moment, NPP politburo member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said yesterday.

He told a news conference that he never refused to admit that certain drugs and injections could lead to complications one in 100,000, 500,000 or 1,000,000.

He said the Minister and Ministry officials purchase inferior quality drugs by taking this drug shortage to their advantage by putting the lives of people in danger.

Dr. Jayatissa said it was reported that some deaths had been caused due to the use of the drug ‘propofol’ and added that it had been used despite complaints made by several hospitals that this drug had led to complications.

“Homagama Hospital had reported about propofol on May 15. But, no action had been taken. Teldeniya and Matara Hospitals also reported complications of this drug in mid-May. Anesthesiologist at the Peradeniya Hospital had complained about complications of this drug. No action was taken regarding this matter despite so many complaints until a death occurred at the Eye Hospital in Colombo,” he said.

He said people are in a quandary about seeking treatment and undergoing surgeries thereby losing faith in government hospitals.

Dr. Jayatissa said a proper investigation should be conducted into all these incidents and reveal the truth to the people. (Ajith Siriwardana)


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  • Lakshman Bandara Saturday, 15 July 2023 02:49 AM

    Are you a medical doctor? Or someone like Dr Mervyn? From what you say, it looks like your medical knowledge is no better than the knowledge of people who make comments about this sad incident.

    Tissa Fernando Saturday, 15 July 2023 04:57 AM

    Just giving some blind excuses fir professional negligence.

    Mahila Saturday, 15 July 2023 06:36 AM

    Yes!!?? Without reading the labels and additional instructions in the web and don't care attitude!!! When using a substitute, NO Critical Thinking or cross reference to literature

    Truth Saturday, 15 July 2023 07:07 AM

    Administration of the health services, education and the Central Bank belongs to the learnt people. If these people fail by themselves or made to fail by our politicians then the country fails. We are witnessing this sad state now.

    sss Saturday, 15 July 2023 07:25 AM

    medical colleges since 1870 in SL and we have nothing to show for in pharmaceutical and biotech industries or cutting edge research as a consequence world ratings of SL medical schools have plunged to the bottom. The SL medical graduates go straight to private practice in their garages

    Gamunu Jayaweera - Patient waiting for an heart operation Saturday, 15 July 2023 08:56 AM

    Dr. Nalinda, you are 1000% correct. The health minister had filled his pocket with commissions and from India he had purchased thrown out garbage drugs to kill his own people. What a curse? Will he and his family life happily committing such a crime. We are in fear with tears.

    Dr. (Mrs) Prema Siriwardene from Kalutara Saturday, 15 July 2023 08:59 AM

    Most of the Government Hospitals inferior drugs imported by the Minister had been distributed and those drugs were not subjected for Quality checks Dr. Nalinda. Action should be taken against the Minister and send him out Mr. President.

    Zaza Saturday, 15 July 2023 09:20 AM

    The truth is the nation is financially broke. We cannot afford high-priced high-quality medicine. The shameful people in power refused to admit the truth. By the time you finished reading this there will be few more death.

    Imran Jabir Saturday, 15 July 2023 09:47 AM

    Death due to the side effects of the drug is not a medical negligence

    doctor Saturday, 15 July 2023 10:55 AM

    Absolutely wrong facts. 1) Ceftriaxone is commonly use antibiotic since year 1985 (not new) 2) Honchos told media 2500 vials of same medicine was used in other patients (no scarcity). 3) Cheaper readily available antibiotics with combination of Flagyl could be used 4) Reported Anaphylactic death with Ceftriaxone is 0.0001 to 0.1 % worldwide that too mostly in children.

    Leslie Jayasena - Cancer Hospital Staff Saturday, 15 July 2023 01:05 PM

    Cancer Hospital drugs were recently imported by the recommendation of Health Minister Rambukwella. It has to be checked before using as nothing been sent for quality checks as per his instructions.

    Dr Das Saturday, 15 July 2023 07:07 PM

    Now Minister say relevant injections remove from usage But they don’t disclosed who is the supplier

    doctor Monday, 17 July 2023 09:44 AM

    Obvious that patient died in this case due to severe allergic reaction and not because of Ceftriaxone is a new drug (40 years old), availability(2500 vials used), there are cheaper available drugs readily available, and according initial reports Anaphylaxis was detected after postmortem study. (delay in treatment).


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