Fake Favipiravir racket busted: FIR lodged

After analysis revealed there was no favipiravir in those tablets.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2021 by The Health Master

Ahmedabad: A complaint of attempt to culpable homicide was filed against Sudip Mukherjee, owner of Max Relief Healthcare, for his alleged involvement in a multi-state fake favipiravir racket.

The firm showed its registered address at Solan in Himachal Pradesh, but no firm by that name was found. Mukherjee through his accomplices provided fake medicines to a firm named Aarmed Formulation in Prahladnagar.

An FDCA Gujarat team found a stock of 133 strips of Favimax 200 and Favimax 400 tablets in the Aarmed office but an analysis revealed there was no favipiravir in those tablets.

Police Arrest
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The FIR mentions that Mukherjee supplied the fake medicine despite knowing that it may prove fatal to Covid patients. He was booked for attempt to culpable homicide along with other charges.

An inquiry by Food and Drugs Administration revealed that Mukherjee was selling drugs to wholesalers in the state without licence to do so. All states were alerted to stop using this drug.

On May 30, Mukherjee, appeared before FDCA but carried no documents linked to production and sale of drugs. At first glance, the photocopy of a licence that he produced appeared fake. He was handed over to Samta Nagar police station in Mumbai where an FIR was registered and he was arrested on June 7.

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