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Patna: Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has asked SP, City (East), Patna, to inform it by August 31, 2016, about the status of legal action and arrest of accused in a case of administration of expired medicine to a pregnant woman at Navjeevan Laproscopy and Maternity Hospital, Gaighat, Patna, resulting in her giving birth to a still born child. The commission has directed the State Drug Controller to inform it about the administrative and legal action taken in connection with recovery of expired medicines from the hospital. It has also asked the Chairman, Bihar Council of Medical Registration, to inform it within three months about action taken against the doctor concerned.
A copy of the order will also be also sent to the Secretary, Medical Council of India , New Delhi, for information.
Rakesh Kumar Pandey, son of Vijay Pandey, Mohalla Gaighat, Kharakuan, under Alamganj police station in Patna district, had complained to the Commission that his sister Rani Devi was admitted to Navjeewan Laparoscopy and Maternity Hospital, Gaighat, Patna, June 5, 2015, for delivery. After operation she gave birth to a still born child. It was found that she had been continuously administered expired medicines. When police searched the hospital lots of expired medicines were found in the store. A criminal case was lodged by the petitioner in this connection with Alamganj police station.
Consequent to the order of the Commission, SDPO, Patna City, Hari Mohan Shukla , and the petitioner appeared before the Commission on June 30, 2016. The SDPO informed that the Medical Board, constituted at the instance of the police, by Civil Surgeon- Cum-Chief Medical Officer, Patna, has given following opinion: Rani Devi was not treated correctly and as per standard medical provisions and that administration of Duvadilan injection to Rani Devi post Datism was totally unjustified. The SDPO made available a copy of the report of Drug Inspectors in regard to twelve types of expired medicines seized from the clinic, two of whom were administered to the petitioner’s sister.
The SDPO informed that a criminal case has to be registered by the Drug Control wing of the health department for the offences relating to seizure of expired medicines. He also informed the commission that he has ordered for the arrest and property attachment of Dr Naveen Kumar and his two compounders Rinku Kumar and Rajesh Kumar. The matter will be listed on September 6, 2016.