Man alleges RIMS administered expired injection to his father, hospital orders probe

A major row has erupted after a man alleged that medical staff at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) administered an expired Ceftriaxone injection to his father.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  15 Jun 2021 3:15 AM GMT
Man alleges RIMS administered expired injection to his father, hospital orders probe

Hyderabad: A major row has erupted after a man alleged that medical staff at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) administered an expired Ceftriaxone injection to his father.

Gaurishanker Sharma, 65, a resident of Adilabad town, was admitted to the hospital on June 9. His son Kailash Sharma said that the nurse on duty distributed vials to patients before the injection was administered.

The expiry date of the injection was reportedly January 2021. Kailash Sharma, who happened to check the date before it was administered, said he was unsure if expired medicines were administered to his father earlier. The patient's condition was stable on Monday.

"When I saw the expired injection, I raised the issue with the staff nurse. She came running and took all the injections which were distributed to the patients, though I kept one in my pocket. Nurses threw the vials out of the window. They didn't have an answer. I fear that it was given to my father on June 13 morning," said Sharma.

Sharma said he had not checked the expiry date when it was administered to his father. "Who would be responsible for the lives of patients?" he asked.

RIMS Director Dr. B Baliram Naik said that all medicines have validity till 2023 and beyond. "We have checked our store and no other medicine in the hospital has expired. We have purchased 5,000 doses of Ceftriaxone injections under the buy and supply method from the central store since there was no supply from the government during the second wave of Covid," he said.

Sharma said his father is a sugar patient and was admitted to the hospital after he complained of pain. "Though he was showing signs of recovery, he complained of leg pain again in the evening," he said.

Sharma has filed a complaint with the Two Town police station in Adilabad and also took up the issue with Collector Sikta Patnaik.

Meanwhile, RIMS Director said on the instructions of Collector Sikta Patnaik, a probe committee had been formed to look into the incident.

"An inquiry committee is looking into the issue. A drug inspector, too, is part of the committee to ensure impartial inquiry. We are looking forward for the committee's report" he said.

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