12. December 2011 15:45
Most of the private blood banks in the country do not comply with the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940, a survey shows.
Most of the private blood banks in the country do not comply with the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940, as per the findings of a survey conducted by a Chennai-based group that provides professional services to the pharmaceutical, blood bank, and medical devices industries. N. Selvaraju, Managing Director of the group (Gaja Consultation Services (GCS) Private Ltd.) alleges, among other things, that while blood banks are required by law to appoint full time medical officers to carry out QBTS (Quality Blood Transfusion System) operations, in most cases, the medical officers are part-time employees. In some instances, lab technicians substitute for medical officers to carry out functions like selection of donors, blood transfusions etc. Subsequently, to cover up their tracks, the former get the latter to sign on the dotted line. Mr. Selvaraju alleges also that in small hospitals run by private medical practitioners, blood is acquired even in the absence of adequate facilities for collection, testing and storage. A/B/O compatibility tests are done on these blood samples but communicable diseases tests are not, according to Mr. Selvaraju. Citing another dubious practice, he said that blood bags whose contents are not authenticated were being sold by unscrupulous elements to doctors and unlicensed blood banks. Considering that complex medical and surgical procedures depend on the services of blood banks, there is a need for NGOs to take up this matter, Mr. Selvaraju opines.