Probe begins on blacklisted pharma company

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The Health Ministry has initiated investigations into a pharmaceutical company, which allegedly tampered with an injection given to cancer patients in 2013 and has submitted its prices to procure more injections for State hospitals recently, Ceylon Today reliably learns.

An official at the Ministry said on condition of anonymity yesterday (28) that this particular pharmaceutical company had been blacklisted following a probe in 2013 when it was revealed that it allegedly filled water into the phials containing a drug administered to young leukaemia patients being treated at Apeksha Hospital.

In 2013, the Ministry of Health and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had conducted investigations which resulted in its owner reportedly being arrested and the blacklisting of the company.

Currently, the case is pending, the official said, adding that the company registered under another name with the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has submitted it’s pricing for supply of more cancer injections.

By Dilanthi Jayammanne