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SC Disposes of Case Pertaining to Stents Used in Cardiac Diseases

Web Desk(March 20, 2018): A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has disposed of the case pertaining to quality and price of stents used in the treatment of cardiac-related diseases.   

According to the details, the Supreme Court on Tuesday while wrapping up the substandard medical stents case directed government and private hospitals to submit report after implementing the recommendations of committee within three months.

Azhar Kiani, the head of Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology informed the court that the stents will be made available to the heart patients in the range of sixty thousand to one hundred thousand rupees.The bench directed that steps should also be taken to curtail expenditure on dialysis.

The CJP commended the report of the committee and termed the recommendations quite ‘comprehensive’. He directed the private and government hospitals to submit its report after 90 days to registrar SC.

“What will be done for the medicines being made for heart patients?” inquired the CJP.

“We will check the companies who are making fake medicines. The medicines are not much expensive but high price is written in the prescription. A monthly prescription of Rs500-1400 is formed of a heart patient,” said Dr Azhar Kiani, Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) head.

The Chief Justice asked the RIC head to provide them with a prescription of sugar, blood pressure and heart patient.“After stent committee’s report, the price of stent will come to Rs1,00,000. I met Dr Adeeb Rizvi over the issue of dialysis. The price of stent has reduced after the suo moto notice. All the parties in the case greatly assisted the court. The condition of emergency in the hospitals should be very impressive,” remarked the CJP

The three-member bench of the apex court also heard a case relating to the offshore accounts and properties of Pakistani nationals.

Governor State Bank of Pakistan Tariq Bajwa, Secretary finance, and economic experts appeared before the court.

The Governor SBP said that efforts are required not only to bring back the money stashed by Pakistan overseas but also stop this trend.

The economic experts suggested that it should be made mandatory on every Pakistani to file a tax return.

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