AG suspects medicinal drug mafia involved in NMRA data loss

Hansi Nanayakkara (RP) | Published: 4:56 PM Sep 13 2021
Local AG suspects medicinal drug mafia involved in NMRA data loss

The loss of data uploaded to the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) portal could be a result of a conspiracy by those in imported medicinal drugs mafia, Deputy Solicitor General, State Counsel Dileepa Peiris said.

He made these remarks while appearing for the Attorney General when the relevant case was taken up before the Colombo Magistrate's Court today (13). 

Amongst the data erased were the names of companies that import both medical devices and medicines, the Deputy Solicitor explained.

He added that the deletion of such data paved the way for these companies to dictate inconsistent and unreasonable prices for medication within the local market.

Accordingly, the recent order preventing Sri Lanka’s cloud database from being updated was lifted by Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala.

Moreover, the case is due to be taken up again on 09 December, while extensive investigations into the matter are underway.

The Chief Executive Officer of a leading private software company was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) earlier this month, in connection with the case.

In July this year, 1.1 million data files from the database of the NMRA had been deleted, following which a probe was launched by the CID.

At the time, NMRA sources revealed that as they do not possess a backup database to fall back on, the disappearance of the data files could point to an inside job, adding that the database was maintained by a private firm since 2018.

Earlier this month, however, the lost data was restored.

Hansi Nanayakkara (RP) | Published: 4:56 PM Sep 13 2021

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