CBI checks reveal spurious medicines in hospitals

New Delhi, May 20 (Calcutta Tube) Think again before you take medicines from a government hospital — these may be fake. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday said surprise checks across the country have revealed spurious and expired drugs were being supplied in government hospitals.

In another drive to check adulteration in petroleum products, CBI found that kerosene meant for the public distribution system (PDS) is being sold in open market.

An official statement issued by CBI said in 62 checks all over India, six cases of adulteration in medicines and food have been registered from Delhi, Nagpur and Chennai.

It said spurious medicines, particularly ayurvedic medicines, are being widely manufactured.

Checking adulteration in petroleum products, CBI found the quantity of oil given to the customers is less than the amount charged. Diversion of kerosene was also detected by the bureau.

In 85 checks across the country, 11 cases of adulteration in petroleum products have been registered so far.

Samples from the medicines and petroleum products have been sent for further testing following which action will be taken, the statement said.

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