Nagpur: The Maharashtra Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) has uncovered a bogus drugs racket and seized 21,600 tablets that had been handed off as antibiotic ciprofloxacin from a authorities hospital in Nagpur, an official mentioned on Saturday. Three individuals, together with a Thane resident who’s already in jail in an identical case, have been booked in reference to the seizure, he mentioned.
An FDA official mentioned the medication was bought by the federal government contract course of final yr. It was lately seized from the Indira Gandhi Authorities Medical School and Hospital, which provides medicines to state-run services within the district.
The pretend tablets of ciprofloxacin, which is prescribed to deal with various bacterial infections, price crores of rupees had been provided to many authorities hospitals throughout Maharashtra, mentioned the FDA official.
In March 2023, the FDA had picked samples of ‘ciprofloxacin’ tablets from a state-run healthcare facility in Kalmeshwar tehsil, about 40 km from Nagpur, and despatched it to a authorities lab in Mumbai for testing, mentioned a police official.
The take a look at report, which got here in December 2023, confirmed that the tablets had no medicinal worth as that they had no hint of ciprofloxacin in any respect, he mentioned.
Because the tablets had been provided by the Nagpur-based Indira Gandhi Authorities Medical School and Hospital, FDA officers lately raided the shop there and seized a inventory of 21,600 tablets of the identical model.
Investigations revealed that the drug was manufactured by a bogus firm named ‘Refined Pharma, Gujarat’. “The corporate doesn’t exist,” the official mentioned.
The Kalmeshwar police have booked Vijay Shailendra Choudhary of Thane, Hemant Dhondiba Mule, a resident of Latur, and Mihir Trivedi of Bhiwandi close to Thane in reference to this case.
Prime accused Choudhary is already in jail in a bogus drugs sale case. Choudhary had given the tablets to Trivedi, who handed them onto Mule for provide to authorities services, the officers added.