Health Minister Cancels Cancer Drug Tender

Health Minister Cancels Cancer Drug Tender
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Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has ordered health secretary Anura Jayawickrama to cancel the tender granted for the importation of the cancer treatment drug Nimotuzumab.

The minister said that the cancellation was a direct consequence of the numerous complaints that were made against the company responsible for the importation of the drug, with regard to alleged misconduct.

Police investigations are underway to look into the accusations made against the company regarding the mismanagement of certain cancer drugs that had previously been imported into the country under a different company name.

The Minister further stated that the company accused with misconduct, had managed to change its postal address and registered itself as a new company, last month.  He also stated that a decision was taken to cancel the tender appending the completion of all police investigations that are being carried out, regarding the complaints that were put forward.

The company in question was to import 600 vials of the drug from India, at Rs. 51,500 each.

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