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Delhi HC Directs AIIMS To Work Out Modalities For Dispensing Medicine From Pharmacy

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The Delhi High Court on Friday has directed All India Institute of Medical Sciences to develop a methodology so that patients can obtain medicines from the Pharmacy.

The division bench comprising of Justice Vipin Sanghi & Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar was hearing the petition filed by Rachna Malik seeking directions for the outstation patients alleging they are not being provided with the medication as they were getting earlier from AIIMS pharmacy.

The Court observed that in another titled Karan Seth Vs. Union of India & Others, a case dealing with a similar issue, AIIMS filed a status report which informed the court that the Pharmacy at AIIMS has been made fully functional since 06.05.2020 between 10:00 a.m. and 05:00 p.m.

Advocate Mr. Vaibhav Pratap Singh, appearing for the petitioner contended that “his visit to AIIMS today disclosed that though the patients approached the Pharmacy for dispensation of the medicines, they were not able to procure the same on account of the fact that the endorsement on the OPD Cards to permit such dispensation was not there. The reason for this is the fact that the OPD at AIIMS is presently suspended.”

Whereas, Advocate Mr. Anand Verma appearing for AIIMS assured that, “AIIMS would devise a methodology so that patients are able to obtain medicines from the Pharmacy, in all such cases, where the medication prescribed requires continuous administration.”

The Court observed that let the modalities be worked out by the AIIMS within one day so that dispensation of medicines from the Pharmacy can resume without any further delay.

The Delhi High Court has directed AIIMS that Compliance be reported on the next date and compliance report be filed by 13th May 2020 with advance copy to the counsel for the petitioner.

The matter is listed for 14th May 2020.

-India Legal Bureau

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