LAHORE - Punjab Institute of Cardiology destroyed expired medicines including tablets and injection Cardarone used for controlling hear beat, raising question on the process and criterion for procurement.

The management termed it a routine exercise to avoid giving expired drugs to patients, raising question that how medicines remained unutilized at the health facility dealing hundreds of patients at Emergency and OPD every day.

Expired drugs were sorted out and destroyed by a committee comprising administrative doctors last Saturday, PIC officials said, adding, it was a routine exercise to ensure that only quality medicines are given at the health facility.

PIC procures medicines in bulk for giving to patients at Emergency and to the registered ones at the OPD.

“Large number of patient visit Emergency and OPD daily. How medicines remained unutilized when hundreds of patients are visiting the PIC daily. The procurement committee has most probably purchased near expiry date medicines. It should purchase drugs having expiry date beyond 2-3 years to avoid such exercise”, said a doctor who wanted not to be quoted.

Medical Superintendent Dr Sohail Saqlain said that a committee headed by Additional Medical Superintendent was constituted for disposing of expired medicines. The other members include Audit Officer, Pharmacist and a representative of the concerned company. Dr Sohail Saqlain said that the medicines were disposed of according to SOP. He said that value of these medicines was not more than Rs1,30,000. The company had immediately replaced these medicines and as such no loss was caused to the exchequer.