COIMBATORE:The pharmacy at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) has been running short of Atorvastatin drug, used for the treatment of high cholesterol, for the last one week, forcing patients to buy the drug from private pharmacies at a price of `65 per tablet.
Sources said, the CMCH received the stock of the medicine on Monday evening. However, no measures had been taken to distribute it at the pharmacy till Tuesday afternoon. “I have been coming to the pharmacy for Atorvastatin cholesterol tablet for the last one week but have not received it so far. Buying it from private pharmacy is not affordable for poor people like us," said Shubha Lakshmi (70) of Veerakeralam.
Learning about the non-availability of the medicine at the pharmacy in the CMCH, many private pharmacies have started exploiting this opportunity by fleecing poor patients.
Another elderly man, who came to the CMCH pharmacy on Tuesday told Express,“I was charged `68 for one tablet and I couldn't buy more than three."
The pharmacy officials said that the supply of Atorvastatin drug for cholesterol was less two weeks ago and the officials concerned were informed about it. However, the medicine got over in a week and the pharmacy didn't have even a single tablet.
Further the CMCH sources said that they usually get the medicine from the government and the government was running short of medicines. So the government gave the CMCH the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for purchasing the medicine from private companies and they purchased accordingly. The stock had arrived in the CMCH on Monday late evening and from Wednesday the medicine would be available in the CMCH pharmacy.
CMCH Dean Dr A Edwin Joe claimed that he was not aware of the issue. “There was enough medicine in the pharmacy. Anyway, I will conduct an enquiry on the complaints of patients,” he added.