NMRA data from 2015-2019 period deleted – Prof. Jayasumana
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
The files missing on the NMRA database belong to the time period between years 2015 and 2019, and the CID has already commenced an investigation into the incident,State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Professor Channa Jayasumana said in Parliament yesterday (21).
Jayasumana said so in response to the question raised by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa under Standing Order 27/2. Explaining the nature of data which has been lost due to the incident, Prof. Jayasumana said the then Government had spent an extraordinary amount on certain drugs, especially during the period 2015-2019.
“Captopril Syrup 5mg was purchased in 2019 for Rs 55,185.00. It has been purchased for Rs395in the year 2020 after our government came to power. That is 138 times the price. The Lorazepam injection was purchased for Rs 17,957. Under our government, we bought it for Rs 373. Metaraminol injection was purchased for Rs16,736. It was less than Rs 3,875. Also, medicines worth nearly Rs1,140 million have been purchased, citing emergency purchases. We have informed the CID to conduct an investigation as to how these drugs were purchased at an extraordinary cost.
At our request, an investigation is being conducted at the ministry level. For example, a Rituximab injection has been purchased for Rs55,000, but we bought it for Rs17,735. The saved amount alone in that case is Rs 128 million. “ Speaking further, the State Minister said data related to these drugs had been deleted from the NMRA data cloud.
The CID has commenced an investigation into this and at the same time the SPC is holding a parallel investigation too, Prof. Jayasumana said. He said this data has been deleted from the Cloud after investigations into the above drugs were commenced. Billions of rupees have been lost to the State due to those purchases. We are currently working to restore the data, he added. Prof. Jayasumana said the SPC has managed to save Rs1.14 billion so far after shifting emergency purchases to normal tenders in 2020.