Several medicines banned by the Health Ministry are still being used due to the delay in circulating the relevant circulars.
DNA parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has told parliament that the Health Ministry’s decision to ban over 31 varieties of medicines and medical equipment has been futile since they are being prescribed to sick persons.
Dissanayake has said the circulars have been delayed.
According to the parliamentarian, some of the antibiotics including the commonly used Amoxicillin have been banned after having been found discolored.
Some of the other medicines and equipment that have been banned as pointed out by Dissanayake are OxyContin, a drug given to delivering mothers, some of the antidotes used for snake bite since they were found to be ineffective and syringes after they had contained black spots.