Remdesivir Injections Costing Rs 30 Crore Expire in Pune District – Alleges MNS Leader Hemant Sambhus

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By: Pune Pulse

August 10, 2023

Pune: With stocks of Remdesivir injections worth more than Rs 30 crores having expired in the Pune district Hemant Sambhus, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader has claimed that the public health department failed to prevent the wastage of Remdesivir injections despite the fact that the issue was brought to the attention of the director of health services.

Speaking to Pune Pulse, Sambhus, MNS Party Leader said, “Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the health administration has purchased up to 2.70 lakh vials of Remdesivir injections for the Pune area. Out of this stock, 1.56 lakh vials were used, while the remaining 1.13 lakh vials were discarded after three years. We had asked for the data on Remdesivir vaccine stock for the entire Maharashtra state. However, it wasn’t provided. Seeing the severity, we have already asked for the resignation of the head of the health department & if needed will go to the court against this.”

As per information, if the health department had taken steps to redirect or return excess stock to the manufacturing business, the public exchequer would have saved crores of rupees. In exchange for Remdesivir, the pharmaceutical company would have given the health department a credit note or other medicines. However, the health department made little to no attempt, resulting in the waste of vaccinations costing 30 crores.

According to Sambhus, there was a clear example of corruption, with entrenched interests driving the acquisition and procurement of an excess quantity of vaccinations. The investigative committee also declared unequivocally that a stock of 1.13 lakh vials was squandered. There was no action taken by the health minister, hence, the chief minister must look into this now. The MNS party will conduct a protest if no action is taken.

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