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Patient sues hospital over ‘expired’ drugs

PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
A PATIENT has dragged Pearl of Health Hospital in Lusaka to court for allegedly giving her expired drugs.

Patricia Banda sued the hospital after it allegedly approved expired drugs she only discovered after taking them.
When the matter came up on Friday before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, Pearl of Health Hospital managing director Ataur Rahman was not before court as he was at the Mosque.
Lawyer representing the health facility, Raymond Musumali of SLM Legal Practitioners, told the court that his client, a Muslim, was unable to make it and asked the court to adjourn the matter.
“Your honour, our client who is representing the company is not before court and is unable to make it, therefore, we seek your indulgence to adjourn the matter,” he said.
Magistrate Felix Kaoma adjourned the matter to September 28, 2017 for plea.
Details in this matter are that Pearl of Health Clinic Limited, trading as Pearl of Health Hospital, on July 19, 2017, in Lusaka, did supply one bottle of expired neopeptine liquid to Patricia Banda without lawful authority.
The hospital is charged with the supply of expired medicines.

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