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Missing NMRA files contain data on medicines imported by previous govt. at higher prices: Minister

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The 5925 files out of the database of National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA) which have been erased or disappeared contain data on medicines imported by the previous regime at exceptionally high prices, State Minister  Channa Jayasumana informed Parliament today.

Dr. Jayasumana who was responding to a question raised by Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa said the erased data contained information of a list of medicines which were imported at a higher price in 2019.

These medicines include Captopril Syrup 100ml which has been imported at Rs. 55,195 during the last regime  whereas the present regime had paid only Rs. 373 for a 100ml bottle, Lorazepam injection 4mg in 1ml ampoule which was  imported at Rs. 18,330 in 2019 where as the present regime  bought for 373. Metaraminol Injection 10mg in 1ml ampoule has been purchased for Rs. 20,611  whereas the present regime had paid only Rs. 3,975 for it.

The list which was tabled by the state Minister comprises around 40 varieties of medicines which were brought in paying exorbitant prices during the last regime. “However the data pertaining to the purchase of COVID vaccines have not been destroyed and they are safe,” he said.

“EPIC Ltd which has signed a contract with NMRA has breached the agreement as it has failed to maintain a backup system to save the data. The database of NMRA has been weak and the institution has failed to rectify and maintain it,” he added.

Dr. Jayasmuna assured that those who are behind erasing the data and those who have been wasting funds to purchase medicines at expediently high prices will also be dealt with. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • ranjit Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:01 PM

    always blame the others. National trend in politics in SL

    Sandy Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:20 PM

    How can private companies be allowed to handle important government data .

    Ahamed Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:27 PM

    Hmm, and how do u know what is in the files. Did u check before these were deleted? U must then also know on who's orders this was deleted! Another one of your stories that assumes people are fools. You can't fool people in SL over and over again. Many governments have found that out the hard way!

    N SENA Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:43 PM

    GOVT IN POWER VERY CONVENIENTLY BLAME THE PREVIOUS GOVT. THAT IS POLITICS IN SRI LANKA. NOW YOU CAN ALSO DO THE SAME MISTAKES

    Lalith Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:43 PM

    And are we supposed to believe this story?

    Anthony Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:45 PM

    very easy now everything was done by previous government that is why we voted for your government for the wrong they did but what is happening now. Any government cannot fool the people All know the truth, every one are fed up.

    Dee Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:54 PM

    Now now! What about the RAT tests? Also the other wonder drug which is being given to horses in other countries! 10000 doses were released right?

    jan Tuesday, 21 September 2021 07:56 PM

    Now NMRA Missing files Not yet Recovered,but Now insisting past Regime irregularities ,TIT FOR TAT,ALL ROGUES

    Gayan Tuesday, 21 September 2021 08:05 PM

    A very notorious conman was the health minister at the time. Surely he is involved in this.

    Thimothy joseph Tuesday, 21 September 2021 09:04 PM

    You think the opposition could play with a Government that knows no law.

    Lakminiha Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:15 PM

    So, do you mean that the previous regime purchased at a higher price and sold it at a lower/affordable price?

    Hamid Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:04 PM

    ex-health minister of Yahapalanya, now open your mouth

    AFVF Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:19 PM

    Ah..ah... were you hatching eggs with those files for more than a year now.. umba baba!

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 22 September 2021 01:19 AM

    Rajitha conspiracy.?

    Upulpb Wednesday, 22 September 2021 06:30 AM

    He is lying much better than a seasoned politician. Professor of Lying

    C Onman Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:05 AM

    How is it that you knew all this and kept quiet until the data disappeared? It's easy to point the finger at the opposition for all this governments incompetency's as all your ministers do. You lot asked for peoples votes to fix the shortcomings and alleged frauds of the previous regime. Now fix it! Humbugs!

    Damian Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:37 AM

    Is he really a professor ? he's full on nonsense. May be a professor of fools


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