The news that the government hospitals in Tamil Nadu are facing shortage of medicines has been the subject of discussion for many now. Local purchases in the government hospitals are being made using CMCHIS or the chief minister`s comprehensive health insurance scheme.
Recently, the TN health minister Mr. M. Subramanian took part in a meeting with the deans of various hospitals and TNMSC or Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation not getting enough medicines especially antibiotics was raised with the health minister.
It is noteworthy that TNMSC (a nodal agency for drug procurement) provides NOC to the hospitals to make local purchases. Truth is that medicines that were not sufficiently available were essential drugs mostly. Various examples of these drugs are Ciprofloxacin, Furosemide, Omeprazole etc.
The normal functioning of various government hospitals in TN has been affected by the shortage of IV fluids and antibiotics etc. In the state of TN, injections including Paracetamol, Diclofenac, Cefotaxime etc are in acute shortage.
It was brought out by a doctor from Madurai government medical college and hospital that usually in February shortage of medicines would be there and by end of March the issue would get over. He added that in the month of August now medicines shortage is there and this would result in the difficulties in the functioning of the government hospitals in TN. Point is that there is now a constant deficit of one drug or the other and a huge antibiotics shortage. Variable prices of the medicines after Covid19 has led to shortage of medicines now