Fake Medicine Supply: Cuttack Druggist Association revokes membership of 2 distributors

Cuttack: The Cuttack District Chemist and Druggist Association has canceled the memberships of two drug distributors for allegedly supplying duplicate antihypertensive drugs Telma 40 to retailers in Odisha.

Expressing grave concern over the supply of fake drugs, the Association canceled the membership of distributors, VR Drug Agency and Puja Enterprises. The Association has also extended full cooperation to the Directorate of Drug Control, Odisha in its investigation of the matter and demanded stern action against those responsible for engaging in illegal acts.

On Saturday, Drug Inspector Tusha Ranjan Panigrahi filed an FIR at Purighat Police Station in Cuttack against the two Jaunliapati drug distributors for allegedly supplying duplicate drugs. Distributors had purchased the fake medicines from Bengaluru and Gaya and supplied them to more than 100 retailers, FIR said.

Panigrahi took the plunge after reputable pharmaceutical company Glenmark clarified that the specific batch of the two drugs seized in the raids were not produced by the company. Previously, the management sent the batch number and other details of the drugs to the company and asked them to mention the components of the two drugs descriptively.

The Drugs Inspector brought an action under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 (NDPS) against the two drug distributors. A case has also been filed in the LDS Court, Cuttack in this regard.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the two wholesalers bought the fake drugs for around Rs 50 lakh from a company in Gaya,” The Times of India quoted drug controller Subodh Kumar Nayak as saying.

It should be noted that a team from the Drugs Control Branch raided several locations below police boundaries from Purighat to Cuttack on Thursday for allegedly selling duplicate drugs. The following day, several teams from the Directorate raided various drug shops in Bhubaneswar.

The team carried out raids in 12 locations, including Manikaghosh Bazaar, Badambadi, Banka Bazaar and Mangalabag, after receiving a report of fake drugs linked to high blood pressure and heart disease being sold by dealers here.

They called back and seized the drugs of two fake brands worth Rs 30 lakh. There is no clarity on the other drugs worth Rs 20 lakh, they said. “While part of the consignment was sold to other states, part was sold to Odisha,” said Dharmadev Puhan, Deputy Controller of Narcotics at Cuttack.

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