“IT TAKES JUST ONE UNSAFE MEDICINE TO THREATEN PATIENT SAFETY”, PSM India Founder-director , Mr.BEJON MISRA addresses media on the Sterilisation tragedy in Chhattisgarh.
PSM INDIA SPEAKS On Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy :
Mr.Bejon Misra, founder of Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India, said it only took "one unsafe medicine to threaten patient safety" -- and with it, the industry's reputation.
"These things happen because of an ill-designed procurement procedure with no checks on the quality of drugs bought -- people buy the drugs because of the lowest price," Misra told AFP.
Mr.Bejon Misra said regulatory improvements were happening in states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat, where information about whether drug companies' products made the grade is available online.
"There needs to be ruthless regulatory oversight," Mr.Misra added
“The government tends to buy from intermediaries because of cuts and commissions, and that is where the fault is,” said Bejon Misra.
“It’s not that the states don’t have the budget. They have enough money to buy quality products – it is just their intent to prop up intermediaries for their own benefit.”
The effect of bad drugs is compounded, Misra said, when state health officials conduct mass clinics for procedures such as sterilizations, which often bring in hundreds of patients in quick succession. (LA Times)
THE CASE SO FAR:
In a case of criminal negligence and callous disregard of human life, more than a dozen destitute women died on Sunday, 9th November 2014, after laparoscopic tubectomy operations at a sterilisation camp at Takhatpur block, near the town of Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh.While an enquiry is still on, the most likely cause that erupted immediately after the incident was that as many as 83 women were operated upon in the course of five hours, which gives an average of one procedure every four minutes.
The doctor who performed these operations was accused of botched-up tubectomies leading to the death of these women.
Dr RK Gupta, who operated upon 80 women in Nemi Chand Jain Hospital in Bilaspur, however told reporters that he was being made "a scapegoat."
"Not only me, the entire district administration is responsible for the deaths," Gupta, looking distraught, told reporters in Bilaspur.
He claimed the surgeries were successful but women may have died of spurious medicines. "The medicines should be examined," he said.
A hospital guard revealed that no patient had been treated there for months and it had not even the most basic infrastructure such as beds, stretchers and surgical equipment.
Only broken tables and chairs passed for furniture in the abandoned hospital and mattresses were stacked on the ground. Reports suggest that women were made to lie on the floor for the surgeries.
Some of the women may have died of toxic shock because of contaminated surgical equipment, Amar Singh Thakur, Bilaspur's Joint Director of Health, told NDTV.
PSM INDIA’s 2nd International Conference on “Patient Safety & Access to Quality Healthcare” inaugurated on a promising note
Honourable dignitaries at the opening inaugural session of the conference.
From left to right…Mr. Anil Khaitan, Chairman, India Pharma Forum (IPF); Smt. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Hon’ble Former Health Minister of Punjab ; Dr. Linda M. Distlerath, International Alliance Development PSM, Washington DC, USA ; Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, IAS (Retd.) Chairman, PSM India Initiative & Former Secretary to the Government of India ; Mr. Keshav Desiraju, IAS, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs ;Dr. V. K. Subburaj, IAS, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers; Mr. Bejon Misra, Founder Director , PSM India Initiative;
Mrs. Asha Gambhir, Hony. Secretary General, All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) and Ms. Bina Jain, Former President AIWC & Board Member PSM India Initiative
Distinguished delegates at the conference
200+ Participants representing Patient Groups went back empowered to demand Safe Medicines and Access to Quality Healthcare after attending the 2nd International Conference at Haridwar (Uttrakhand) India from 6-8 November 2014.
The Conference began on 6th November with the 11th Board meeting of PSM India chaired by Shri Wajahat Habibullah.
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