Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Health Department has confirmed that a doctor based in Tindivanam died after giving a fake dose of the anti-viral drug Remadecivir.
Police officials said that they are in the process of arresting the doctor who brought fake medicine from I-Med Super Specialty Hospital. The hospital has also been fined one lakh rupees.
According to the report, Tamil Nadu Health Minister MA Subramaniam said that the matter has been brought to the notice of the Chief Minister. Health department officials also visited the hospital and found various irregularities regarding treatment and protocol violations.
The minister said that the hospital had a challan of 12 vials of Remadecivir, but 18 vials were found in stock with them. I-med hospital officials said they bought the drug from Puducherry.
The report quoted the Health Minister as saying, “Our inquiries have shown that the drug was given to Dr. Raman by Dr. Suresh, a senior orthopedic surgeon who ordered it from Puducherry and then his condition deteriorated. We Recommended action against Dr. Suresh. A police case has been registered against him. It is sad to see such inhuman act. We will initiate action against the violators under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. “
The state’s health department has also ordered the hospital to stop recruiting Kovid-19 patients, besides imposing fines.
The Tamil Nadu government has issued advisory asking people not to buy Remadecivir from the open market. The Tamil Nadu Medical Corporation has said that 134 hospitals have registered with it for Remedisvir vials. According to the health secretary of the state government, Remedisvir is given only to those who fulfill all clinical protocols.