Considering the possibility of misuse of abortion drug MTP kit, FDA inspected respective carrying and forwarding agents, wholesalers, retailers, who deals in abortion drugs and hospitals which are involved in abortion procedure.
Accordingly, the inspection/raids programme was undertaken by Maharashtra FDA from June 26, 2021 to July 09, 2021 and total 384 firms were inspected. During enquiry, information was received to Maharashtra FDA officials that some retail chemists were involved selling abortion kit at exorbitant price, procured MTP kit without bills and stored MTP kit drugs at unlicensed premises.
On the basis of information decoy customers were sent to specific retails chemist shop and after confirmation such chemist were caught red handed while selling abortion kit and exorbitant prices without bill and prescription.
In Mumbai one hospital in western region has refused to submit the information of usage of MTP kit, hence a FIR has been registered against concerned doctor.
Total 14 cases have been registered in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati Division across the state and so far 11 accused have been arrested and drugs worth of Rs. 47,378 have been sized. Further investigation is being done by police.
Maharashtra FDA says total 42 notices are in the process of issuance to wholesalers and retailer chemists where serious violations were found during inspection and further action would be taken accordingly by administration.
FDA has warned to all wholesalers and retailers to purchase MTP kit from licensed dealer only and also warned retailers to sell such drug under prescription of doctors as stated on label of the product.
FDA has also appealed to public to consult doctor and not to procure abortion kit illegally as it may leads to serious consequences to health.