Sri Lanka blacklists dozen Indian drug suppliers

The suppliers have been blacklisted for supplying sub-standard medicine while paying no heed to deadlines for supply and violating procedures

Colombo: Sri Lanka's ministry of health has blacklisted at least a dozen Indian drug suppliers for violating tendering procedures and supplying low quality medicines, reports PTI.

Health minister Maithripala Sirisena has directed his officials to look elsewhere for supplies to meet urgent requirements, officials added.

"I have been told by my officials that Indian companies have violated tender procedures or have supplied low quality drugs," Mr Sirisena was quoted as saying in the local press.

The Indian companies' shortcomings have led to shortages in some urgently needed medicines, officials charge.

Around 100 Indian drugs suppliers are in the Colombo health ministry's suppliers roll, but the companies in the spotlight have been blacklisted for supplying sub-standard medicine while paying no heed to deadlines for supply and violating procedures.

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COMMENTS

Vijay Menon

6 years ago

Would have been good to mention the names of the defaulters. And to write to the Ministry of Health and Commerce (Exports) and OPPI so that some recedial action is taken and penalty imposed. A good cause for Times Now to take up. The print media have been strangely silent.

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