After Cuttack, Spurious COVID-19 Drugs Seized From Chemist Shops in 5 Other Dists


Bhubaneswar: Cracking down on the link behind in the spurious drug racket case in Cuttack recently, the Drug Control Squad on Saturday unearthed that nine drugs were found to have been supplied to different districts of the state.

Acting on tip-off following allegations of sale of spurious drugs, a team led by drugs inspector Anjan Kumar Sahu raided drugs stores were in Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Rourkela, and Bhubaneswar and found duplicate medicines from there.

“Basing on a tip-off from Food & Drugs Administration, Maharashtra State that spurious Favipiravir Tablets (Favimax-400), allegedly manufactured by M/s. Max Relief Health Care, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, reportedly a non-existing manufacturer, has been purchased by M/s. Medilloyd Medicament Private Limited, Kanika Chhak, Cuttack, a raid was conducted and 170 boxes containing 17,000 spurious Favipiravir tablets from a chemist shop,” an official said.

“During the raid, it was noted that the firms have purchased 58,000 tablets of “Favimax-400” from one M/s. Max Relief Health Care, Gautam Budh Nagar, U.P., out of which he has supplied 40,600 tablets to M/s. Shri Mahadev Medicals and Surgicals, Gwalior (M.P.). Out of the available stock of 17,400 tablets, 400 tablets were drawn for statutory testing and the balance 17,000 tablets were seized under the provision of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act and Rules thereunder. The supply details of “Favimax-400″ tablets to Gwalior have been communicated to the Food & Drugs Administration, Madhya Pradesh,” the official said.

“The raid continued on 11.06.2021 and it was found that 09 other drugs allegedly manufactured by the same M/s. Max Relief Health Care, Solan, Himachal Pradesh have also been purchased by the firm. To ascertain the genuinity of these drugs and assess their quality, statutory samples of these 09 drugs were also drawn and balance stocks have been seized,” the official added.

“Since these 09 drugs were found to have been supplied to different Districts, all the Drugs Inspectors have been alerted in the matter.
As per available information, seizures have been made in Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Rourkela & Bhubaneswar on 11.06.2021.
The raids are continuing. After completion of the investigation, prosecution cases will be launched in the specially designated Courts under the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act and Rules thereunder,” the official further added.

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