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CHENNAI: Expensive medicines procured for government hospitals in the state do not reach the poor patients, the Madras High Court lamented on Thursday.

Justice S M Subramaniam made the observation while hearing a plea of Coimbatore government hospital’s former in-charge, seeking release of retirement benefits due to him. The judge said that government hospitals recorded as if the medicines of high value were distributed to poor patients, but in reality it would not have reached them.

The court had earlier made an observation while hearing the same case that there were allegations of expired medicines being distributed to patients in government hospitals and sought an explanation from the state government for the outbreak of various epidemics such as monkey pox and flu post pandemic. It had also instructed the government to carry out a study on the activities of pharma companies and submit a report before the court.

When the case came up for further hearing on Thursday, the state government sought more time to submit a detailed report on the trend of outbreak of epidemics and the study of activities of pharma companies.

Granting time to the state government, the judge said the distribution of expired medicines had intensified and hinted at the possible links between the state health department with the pharma companies to facilitate the practice. The matter has been posted for hearing on November 4.

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