Cuttack fake medicine racket: 2 accused arrested from Bihar, brought to Cuttack

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Cuttack: In another development regarding the busting of Cuttack fake medicine racket, the two accused, Alok Mishra & Harish Kumar, were arrested from Gaya in Bihar and brought to Cuttack on transit remand, informed DCP Pinak Mishra.

Reportedly, the accused had sold the fake medicines to Puja enterprises and VR Agency & they did not have any license.

The Odisha government has requested the Bihar health secretary to instruct its drug controller to provide details of the drug supplies that arrived from Bihar following the seizure of fake blood pressure control medicines from godowns in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

State health secretary NB Dhal in a letter to his Bihar counterpart Pratyaya Amrit said that assistant drug controllers Tushar Ranjan Panigrahi and Dharmadev Puhan of Odisha have gone to Bihar to obtain details of the drug manufacturer from the administration.

Dhal said that the Odisha government had earlier requested the Bihar drugs controller on two occasions for the details, but received no response.

Early this month, two medicine distributors in Cuttack were arrested after huge quantities of fake Telma-40 and Telma-AM tablets, two popular medicines to control blood pressure, were seized during raids by officials of the state Drug Control Administration in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. A laboratory test of the seized drugs confirmed those to be fake. The investigation revealed that these agencies had allegedly procured the fake drugs from Gaya in Bihar and Bengaluru in Karnataka.

Glenmark, the manufacturer of Telma-40 and Telma-AM, has clarified that it did not manufacture the fake drugs seized in Odisha.

 

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