Feb 03, 2017

Cancer drug tender cancelled pending probe Featured

Health minister Rajitha Senaratne has ordered health secretary Anura Jayawickrama to cancel a tender to obtain the cancer drug ‘nimotuzumab injection 50 mg’ pending an investigation.

This follows complaints received against the importer of this medicine and an ongoing police investigation against the company, according to Senaratne.

The complaints say this company had imported cancer drugs under the name of another company previously.

In January, it has got registered under a new name, said the minister.

The company in question was to import 600 vials of the drug from India, at Rs. 51,500 each.