The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) at its latest assembly was informed that 4,619 medical provides price Rs. 10,193 million had been bought from 2011 to 2016 with out the advice of the Formulary Revision Committee.
The COPA assembly chaired by MP Prof. Tissa Vitarana reviewed the Auditor Common’s Particular Audit Report dated March 14, 2018 on the Medical Provide Course of carried out by the Medical Provides Division of the Ministry of Well being, Vitamin and Indigenous Drugs.
It was revealed that comparatively Sri Lanka had bought 19,844 medical provides objects by 2017 in comparison with different nations. The committee additionally revealed that 8,945 “Trastuzumab injection 440mg with solvent in 20ml vials” referred to as “Herticad” had been purchased from one provider within the native market on 14 events in 2018 and 2019 at a price of Rs. 891 million. The Committee needed to bear an extra price of Rs. 230.9 million because of the rejection of the minimal bid in these transactions. COPA additionally inquired from the Ministry of Manufacturing, Provide and Regulation of Prescribed drugs concerning the extra expenditure of Rs.5,166 million from 2007 to 2016. This example had arisen because of the delay within the procurement course of and the necessity to procure medical provides from the native market to keep away from a scarcity of medical provides.
The Nationwide Audit Workplace identified on the COPA that it has been confirmed that medical provides enter the nation yearly with out affirmation of the standard of medical provides and that the injury brought on to sufferers can’t be quantified.
The Committee additionally questioned the officers concerning the truth that no motion had been taken to enhance the bodily and human sources standing of the Drug High quality Assurance Laboratory in 2016.
The Committee centered on plenty of points comparable to failure to introduce a strategy to check the standard of a pattern of all bought medical provides, deficiencies within the restoration for substandard medical provides, issuance of substandard medical provides to sufferers, non-printing of the symbol of Sri Lanka on medical provide containers, non-maintenance of medical provide shops, non-issuance of GRNs instantly upon receipt of medical provides, failure to correctly retailer and distribute medical provides acquired as donations, expiration of medical provides, non-updating of Medical Provide Administration Info System (MSMIS).