3 held for Black marketing Black Fungus medicine

A case was registered against the accused under relevant provisions, the police said, adding that they have been remanded in police custody till June 23.

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Last Updated on June 22, 2021 by The Health Master

THANE: Police have arrested three people here in Maharashtra for allegedly black-marketing a key drug used in the treatment of mucormycosis or ‘black fungus‘ infection, an official said on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a trap on Saturday and initially caught two persons who had come to sell the medicine in black, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Vartak Division, Pankaj Shirsat said.

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The two persons, hailing from Panvel in neighbouring Navi Mumbai and Vasai in Palghar district, were arrested near the Kapurbawdi Naka in Thane and 14 injections of Liposomal Amphotericin-B worth Rs 1,09,424 were recovered from them, he said.

During questioning, the two persons told the police that they had procured the vials from a man from Boisar in Palghar. The police later also arrested the third accused, the official said.

A case was registered against the accused under relevant provisions, the police said, adding that they have been remanded in police custody till June 23. Mucormycosis is a fungal infection leading to prolonged morbidity and even mortality among C-19 patients.

The Jharkhand government recently declared mucormycosis as an epidemic amid the rising number of cases of the infection.

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