Sept 13, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today that the recent deletion of the National Medicine Regulatory Authority’s computer database may have been the result of a conspiracy by the ‘Medical Mafia’ that involves in medicines and medical devices business.
This was stated by Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris who appeared for the Attorney General when the case filed in the Magistrate’s Court regarding the deletion of the NMRA database was taken up today.
The Deputy Solicitor General alleged that a private company called Epic Lanka had taken over the responsibility of maintaining the computer database of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority for a period of five years and that institution had neglected that responsibility.
The Deputy Solicitor General told Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala that the negligence of the company was evident from the fact that it did not maintain a backup of the data.
The Deputy Solicitor General pointed out that some pharmaceutical companies import the same drug under different names, adding that the data on the composition of those drugs is stored in the computer database which has been deleted.
The Deputy Solicitor General further stated that the deletion of the database has enabled the pharmaceutical companies to determine the prices of drugs as they pleased.
Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate ordered the suspension of the recent order preventing the updating of the database and stressed that the updating of the database should be done in consultation with all parties.
Further magisterial inquiry into the incident was adjourned to December 09.
The CID was directed to submit the progress of the investigation on the next court date.