KSDP steps up to solve shortage of medicines at government hospitals in Kerala

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Alappuzha: Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KSDP) is doing its best to solve the issue of shortage of medicines in government hospitals by increasing the production of medicines. The medicines for fever and other related ailments have been handed over to the Kerala Medical Services Corporation (KMSCL). 54 lakhs of Amoxycillin antibiotic tablets and 34 lakhs of azithromycin tablets prescribed for pneumonia, throat pain, cough and sinus were among the medicines handed over. Metformin used to control blood sugar levels will soon be handed over, said MD of KSDP EA Subramanian.

After finding a slight deviation in the quality of medicines produced by KSDP, the pharmaceutical company was not receiving any new orders. Sriram Venkitaraman, Managing Director of Kerala Medical Services Corporation (KMSCL) gave the final nod following which KSDP started production of several batches of medicines.

Medicines worth Rs 14 crore out of the order of Rs 23 crore given in May have been transferred so far. The medicines worth the remaining Rs 7 crore will be given to KMSCL soon. KSDP plants have become equipped to produce injections as well. KSDP Chairman C B Chandrababu said that more medicines will be handed over in the coming months.

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