Feb 17, 2020

Shortage of 205 essential drugs: ready for emergency purchasing

The Medical Supplies Division is said to be lacking supplies of over 250 essential drugs.

Therefore, the Medical Supplies Division is preparing to purchase these drugs under emergency purchasing.

There is a shortage of cancer drugs, antibiotics, pain killers and other injections in hospitals, the Hospital Directors had notified the Medical Supplies Division.

Accordingly, the Medical Supplies Division had prepared a list of drugs and handed it over to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi. According to this list, there is a shortage of the drug ‘Poperine’ used given to patients who have undergone heart surgery and the Hospital Directors have notified the Medical Supplies Division of this. Further, the liquid given to kidney patients with bleeding is also in shortage. Although these drugs had been ordered, this situation has arisen due to the Medical Supplies Division rejecting the samples.

According to Minister Wanniarachchi, Rs. 14 billion is due to drug companies and contractors who had supplied drugs during the previous regime.

 ‘‘The drug companies and the Health Ministry is in dire difficulty due to this issue. We will pay the money depending on the Finance Ministry’s allocations. The Finance Ministry provided funds to import 16 varieties of essential cancer drugs. Therefore, we are in the process of resolving this issue,” the Health Minister said.