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Gov't hospital kept five-year load of expired drugs

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AUDIT REPORT Audit officers have discovered that Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) had kept a five-year load of expired drugs worth RM308,373.

The 2015 Auditor-General Report (Series 2) stated that the medicines, expired between 2010 and 2014, were found inside an unlocked main store of Pharmaceutical Department during a visit in Nov 2015.

The hospital's failure to conduct proper procurement planning had resulted in the wastage, noted the report which was tabled in Parliament yesterday.

The relevant circular stipulated that the hospital need to update the status of drugs stored six months before expiry to ensure no oversupply. The drugs need to be disposed off once they have expired.

"In our opinion, HCTM failed to conduct proper procurement planning resulting in medication to expire, thus can no longer be used for patients," it said.

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