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Drug Service ‘a big waste’

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Drug Service ‘a big waste’

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The Barbados Drug Service has been highlighted as an example of “wastage” in Government spending in the new Auditor General’s Report.
The report, laid in Parliament last Tuesday, noted that along with “numerous” discrepancies between stock records and actual stock of medicinal drugs, there was a major example of wastage as a result of nearly $1 million in expired drugs purchased in 2009 in connection with the H1N1 virus alert.
According to the Auditor General, the drugs cost $800 000 and expired in October 2011, causing what he described as “a considerable loss to Government”.
He warned that “expenditure involving such large sums should be given more careful consideration before being undertaken, so as to avoid wastage of Government resources”. (RJ)