State-of-the-art drug & food testing laboratory coming up at Lakhanpur
By navneet mishra On 17 Mar, 2018 At 09:31 AM | Categorized As Health & Fitness | With 0 Comments

Have Received ` 13 Crore Installment, Work Started: Drug Controller To SHRC


The J&K government has started work on state-of-art drug and food testing laboratory at Lakhanpur to check supply of spurious drugs in the state.

“The government is in the process of setting up of a modern drug and food testing laboratory at the entry level to the state at Lakhanpur with central assistance of Rs 34 crore,” reads a report submitted by State Drug Controller Lotika Khajuria to State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

The government has received first installment of Rs 13 crore and started work on the laboratory which would have capacity to test 5000 samples annually.

During the past few years the government has come under criticism over reports that substandard drugs were being supplied to various government hospitals in the state.

Since 2015 at least 83 drugs supplied by J&K Medical Supplies Corporation (JKMSCL) to various hospitals were found to be sub-standard, minister for health Bali Bhagat told the Assembly last year.

The Corporation, which supplies drugs to all government-run hospitals, started functioning in 2015.

According to the report by Khajuria, in response to a petition by rights activist MM Shuja, a proposal for procurement of Mobile Drug Testing Laboratory was also under active consideration of the government.

“During 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, twelve drugs lifted by the State Drug Controller were declared to be ‘not of standard quality’. All reported cases of ‘not of standard quality’ have been dealt strictly as per mandate of law,” reads the report.

At present the Drug and Food Controller Organization carries the testing of drug and food samples at its Dalgate laboratory here. It however has capacity to test only 2000 samples annually. Besides, the government has not been able to make proper use of drug testing laboratory at Government Medical College’s Pharmacology department.

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