Judicial police officers, acting under the coordination of prosecutors, conducted on Saturday searches at the offices and work points located in Bucharest and Ilfov of disinfectant producer Hexi Pharma; evidence and documents were also collected from 25 health care facilities in 21 counties and Bucharest, the Prosecution Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) informed in a release.
PICCJ investigates a case of forestalling disease combat and the falsification and substitution of food or other products. Specifically targeted is disinfectant producer Hexi Pharma, which is suspected of having supplied hospitals with sub-standard disinfectant.
As many as 152 police officers from the Directorate of Economic Crime Investigation, forensic experts of the National Institute of Criminology, economic crime investigation police, public order police and forensic experts of the General Directorate of the Bucharest Municipal Police and of the Alba, Arges, Bacau, Brasov, Braila, Caras-Severin, Calarasi, Cluj, Constanta, Dolj, Galati, Gorj, Iasi, Mures, Olt, Prahova, Satu Mare, Suceava, Timis, Tulcea and Valcea county police inspectorates participated in the action.
PM Ciolos asks Health Ministry to move for countrywide hospital disinfectants’ sampling this Sunday
Premier Dacian Ciolos asked the Health Ministry to instruct the sampling this Sunday of the disinfectants used in all hospitals countrywide.
“The goal is to restore confidence in the products used for disinfection in hospitals, because this is where issues arose the other day. (…) We will test the disinfection products … both the concentration and the efficiency of disinfection products, the so-called biocides,” Ciolos said at the end of a meeting of a task force called at the Victoria Palace of Government, which was also attended by the Health minister and the Interior minister, the head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery and of the Prime Minister’s Control Body, respectively.
Ciolos also announced that the disinfectant samples from the 50 hospitals found to have used sub-standard products will reach on the same day the ICECHIM National Research Institute, assuring that the Institute will organize so as to test with priority the samples from the 50 hospitals with issues.
“Hopefully by Wednesday, by the end of the day at the latest, we have the first results of the concentration tests, at least for the 50 hospitals found with issues. Testing for the rest of the samples from the other hospitals will continue next week,” explained the Prime Minister.
He added that as far as biocide efficiency is concerned, Romania does not have public labs certified for conducting such tests. “As far as I understand there are only some private labs of the companies that produce these disinfectants. There are however two labs underway for certification, and I asked that the process be expedited,” said the Premier.
Hexi Pharma spokesperson says quality of disinfectants used in surgical units was never under question
The quality of Hexi Pharma products used in surgical units never came under question, they were never diluted and they are anyway used only in a pre-disinfection stage, company spokesperson Loredana Albu said on Saturday
“These are highly concentrated products that are then diluted by a ratio of 1 to 400 liters and which are generally used for large surfaces. When used for instruments or for the surgery unit, they are used in a pre-disinfection stage, ie another two disinfection and sterilization stages are next, after the Hexi products are applied,” said Albu.
She also stressed that the products used in surgery units have never been supplied at sub-standard concentration and expressed her confidence that in the end Hexi Pharma products will be proven as “probably the best in the market.”
Albu’s statement comes as prosecutors of the Criminal and Forensic Investigation Section of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice conducted on Saturday searches at the Hexi Pharma offices and work points. Loredana Albu voiced her satisfaction at the searches finally taking place, so that the doubts looming over the company are finally dispelled.
“We have sealed the batches as they were rolled out, right at the beginning of the scandal, and we thank the authorities for coming. That’s what we also want, a well-regulated market with strict rules, so that we know what to do from now on, to avoid any such further incident,” she said, adding that the company immediately halted production and sent samples for two products that came under suspicion.