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Vigilance arrests doctor couple on anti cancer medicine fraud

Vigilance arrests doctor couple on anti cancer medicine fraud

Bhubaneswar: Two senior oncologists associated with AHRCC, Cuttack have been arrested on account of charges of prescribing cancer medicines of a particular brand, which is low in quality and expensive than other reputed drugs available in the market.

A doctor couple and a proprietor of a pharmaceutical company were arrested by vigilance sleuths on charges of fraud, police informed.

The arrested doctor couple was identified as Surendranath Senapati, head of radiation oncology department and Diptirani Samanta, assistant professor of medical oncology. Both of them work at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack.

The arrested businessman was identified as Sudhansu Das, proprietor of M/s JBSL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals in Cuttack, an official release issued by the vigilance department said.

The department had registered a case against the three following allegations that the doctor couple prescribed JBSL brand anti-cancer drugs to patients covered under Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) and Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) schemes of Odisha government in which drugs were supplied to patients free of cost.

The JBSL drugs prescribed by doctor couple from May, 2013 to December, 2015 were less known but cost more compared to same drugs of companies like Ranbaxy, Pfizer, Lupin, Neon, Emcure, Sunpharma, Dabur, Intas and Dr Reddy’s found in the open market.

The anti-cancer drugs marketed by the M/s JBSL had false addresses, the vigilance officials said, adding, the sanctioned funds meant for each patient were exhausted before complete treatment of the patients.

“Both the doctors prescribed JBSL brand of anti-cancer drugs only to favour Das,” they said.

The vigilance department has also registered a case against the couple for possession of assets of Rs 2,95,02,699 disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Vigilance department had carried out raids at six places including at the workplaces of both the doctors to unearth details of their assets.

The couple was sent to jail after their bail petitions were turned down by the special vigilance court in Cuttack.

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  1. Prod may be costly but dr must hv trust into clinical result. Dr concerned with predictable results nt aware of cost. Thousands of prod available. Cost of the prod vary co. to co. as mfg facilities varies. Its up to Govt authorities to look into prices according to facilities of company. More investment in R&D, higher salaries, non availabilities of manpower costs more to the companies,marketing in remote area, higher raw material cost. Many time discision may prove wrong unfortunately There are several problems visible or non visible leads to cost escalation. Morever said drugs may nt be available in that area easily. I m very small manufacturer but where politicians and beaurocrates are not corrupted. Not in lacs but in Abajs.

  2. Conspiracy against the Doctor S N Senapati and D Samanta by some doctors who are really Jealous of the name and fame of the doctor couple.

  3. Seems everyone is behind doctors now in India. Framed murderers get bail N Radiologists get jail for clerical errors ….jai ho !

Source: PTI inputs

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