THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has criticized the Health department for excessive allocation of medicines, leading to P367.2 million of drugs that are nearing expiration.

In a report, state auditors also cited the department for allowing P30.4 million of drugs to expire. Aside from over allocation, they blamed delays in the distribution of medicines and allowing transfers without a hospital request.

The Health department should enforce stricter approval to ensure the fast distribution of drugs with at least a year of remaining shelf life, according to the report.

In the report, the agency said its chief accountant would start reconciling the inventory for transactions last year. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras