Health Ministry owes Rs. 257,820,440 for drugs purchased last year

By Saman Indrajith

The Health Ministry owed Rs 257,820,444 to pharmaceutical companies for the drugs purchased during 2013 over and above the allocations, a document tabled by the government in parliament said yesterday.

The document tabled by Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake in response to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Rosy Senanayake said that the Treasury had allocated a sum of Rs 25,000,000,000 for the importation of drugs and Rs 280,000,000 to import surgical equipment for the year 2013. Later through supplementary estimates a sum of Rs 1,200,000,000 and another sum of Rs 1,071, 793,007 had been allotted through Financial Regulations to import drugs making the total cost of drugs purchased by the Ministry last year Rs 27,271,793,007.

The country had locally produced 47 types of drugs and imported 770 during the same year.

Asked for the names of the companies to whom money was owed by the Health Ministry, the document said: A Baur & Company Pvt Ltd. (Rs 147,389,521.54), ABC Pharma Services Pvt Ltd. (Rs 48,808,932.52), Emerchemie NB Ceylon Ltd. (Rs 844,470), Emar Pharma Pvt Ltd. (Rs 767,300), George Steuart Health Pvt Ltd. (Rs 1,495,500), Hemas Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd. (Rs 21,895,292), Pettah Pharmacy Pvt Ltd. (23,823,264), Pharma Associates (Rs 12,296,165) and Swiss Biogenics Ltd. (Rs 499,999).

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