Doctor couple of AHRCC held for anti-cancer medicine fraud

Published: 17th September 2016 07:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2016 07:00 AM   |  A+A-

CUTTACK: Vigilance sleuths on Friday arrested Head of Department, Radiation Oncology in Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) Prof Dr Surendra Nath Senapati and his wife Dr Diptirani Samanta, Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology in AHRCC, on charges of prescribing sub-standard medicines manufactured by a non-reputed pharmaceutical company to cancer patients and Odisha State Medicine Corporation Limited (OSMCL) and accumulating property disproportionate to their known sources of income. 

The sleuths also arrested Sundhansu Das, the proprietor of JBSL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals situated at Kathagola Road in Mangalabag here. The doctor couple, who had links with Das, was indulged in prescribing only JBSL brand of anti-cancer drugs.

Vigilance sources said there were allegations that the doctor couple was prescribing anti-cancer drugs of JBSL brand to patients covered under Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) and Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) schemes of the State Government.

The JBSL drugs prescribed by the couple cost higher compared to medicines of reputed companies.

Acting on the allegation, Vigilance registered a case and raided the office and residence of the doctor couple besides the drug firm and its outlets at Malhasahi and Mangalabag.

During the raid, Vigilance officials also unearthed undisclosed property of the doctor couple to the tune of `2.95 crore. 

The trio was produced before the Court of Special Judge, Vigilance, Cuttack and remanded to Choudwar Circle Jail.

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