State Minister Jayasumana trying to cover up – CMLSSL
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
The College of Medical Laboratory Science Sri Lanka (CMLSSL) accused State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana of failing to recognise the data breach at the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) as a problem that has affected the public, and carry out an independent probe. President of the CMLSSL, Ravi Kumudesh alleged yesterday (23) that the State Minister apparently did not have the inclination or the ability to fulfil his duty on behalf of the Sri Lankan people.
Instead, the State Minister has attempted to pass the blame on to the former Government and implicatea drug racket that is supposed to have taken place at the time for the incident at the Regulatory Authority’s database.
"But unfortunately there are two most telling factors which prove otherwise," he claimed. Explaining, Kumudesh noted that the NMRA had officially commenced operations through its system in July 2020. But parallel to it the normal system was also followed to enter data for a period of six months. "It was used parallel during that period.
This shows that there was no direct link between drug irregularities and NMRA data during the period of good governance. The State Minister has only attempted to ensnare party politics into the disappearance of data and cover up the data fraud," he alleged.
Kumudesh noted, “It is not clear as to what basis the State Minister is trying to cover up the data fraud by trying to insinuate that frauds had occurred in purchasing and emergency purchase of drugs, including cancer drugs, which were alleged to have taken place during the previous Government when all purchasing,including emergency purchasing of pharmaceuticals, was carried out by the State Pharmaceutical Corporations (SPC).
"While it is clear that the data deletion at the Regulatory Authority is the work of an intermediary form of the drug mafia, the State Minister's relentless efforts to cover the tracks is a matter which raises serious suspicion as there is no attempt to conduct independent inquiry into this issue," the CMLSSL President added.