Maha FDA to take action against bodybuilders involved in misuse of prescription drugs

“Many times, it was observed that the bodybuilders consume such drugs without the advice of gym trainers, due to which several may have to sacrifice their life."

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Last Updated on November 19, 2022 by The Health Master

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that stern action will be taken against bodybuilders involved in the misuse of prescription drugs.

The FDA officials recently raided a gym in Mira Road, Thane, and recovered mephentermine injection, testosterone injection, growth hormone injection, and similar 71 drugs worth Rs 5.31 lakh stocked without obtaining permission from the administration.

The raid was conducted by VR Ravi, drugs inspector, headquarters, intelligence branch, and Ekunkumar Chandekar, drugs inspector, Thane, under the guidance of Abhimanyu Kale, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Maharashtra, on November 10, 2022.

The gym owned by Kanhaiya Kanojiya stored drugs without obtaining a license as per provisions laid down under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, said Joint Commissioner (Vigilance), Food and Drugs Administration, Maharashtra, GB Beale.

“Many times, it was observed that the bodybuilders consume such drugs without the advice of gym trainers, due to which several may have to sacrifice their lives.”

“Kanojiya used to visit several gyms as a trainer, and the drugs found at his gym were meant for his own use, as clarified by him in his statement, but the statement doesn’t seem to have been digested by anyone, as the drugs worth Rs. 5.31 lakh could not be meant for self-utilization.”

“Two representative samples from the stock were drawn for the test and analysis, and the remaining stock was seized for the violation of Sec. 18(c) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.” “Further investigation in this matter is in process,” said Beale.

The drugs, which are meant to cure specific diseases and are to be taken on the prescription of doctors, are misused at the gym for their immediate effect and for participation in bodybuilding competitions.

Such medicines are dangerous to healthy people and, if taken, may cause dangerous effects on their bodies.

Such drugs should be taken only if required and suggested by doctors and should not be misused or taken without a doctor’s prescription, he added.

As per the powers conferred on the drugs inspector as per the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and endorsement of such powers by the Supreme Court in petition no. 200/2020, the source of the above-said drugs and their sale to various bodybuilders will be investigated, and appropriate legal action will be initiated against all those involved, stated the joint commissioner of the state FDA.

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