Spurious drugs worth Rs 7.3 cr seized in UP: Odisha connection

After conducting the raid, the UP STF apprehended Ashok Kumar from a house in Varanasi's Sigra police station area.

1478
Medicines
Picture: Pixabay

Last Updated on April 2, 2023 by The Health Master

Spurious drugs worth Rs 7.3 cr seized

Odisha’s inputs lead to UP STF seizing spurious medicines worth Rs 7.3 crore

A special task force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh has seized fake medicines worth Rs 7.3 crore from a man named Ashok Kumar of Bulandshahr, with inputs from Odisha.

The state health authorities announced his arrest. The trader’s supply of counterfeit medicines was previously discovered in Jharsuguda and Bargarh districts of Odisha.

Seizure of counterfeit medicines

The state health department of Odisha had provided inputs to Uttar Pradesh while a team from Odisha had visited there.

After conducting the raid, the UP STF apprehended Ashok Kumar from a house in Varanasi’s Sigra police station area.

During his interrogation, he confessed about another godown under Lahartara police station. Following this, the STF raided the godown and seized a massive amount of fake drugs.


Also read related news: Spurious drugs worth Rs 2 lakh seized, distributor arrested

Details of the raid and seizure

Cash worth Rs 4 lakh was also found on the premises.

According to the state government’s official statement released on Thursday, all counterfeit drugs seized from Bargarh and Jharsuguda districts by the Odisha STF were recovered from Ashok Kumar’s residence.

The raids exposed one of the biggest fake drug rackets in recent times.

Cooperation sought by Odisha from Uttar Pradesh

On February 17, Odisha’s health secretary Shalini Pandit wrote to her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Aparna U, seeking cooperation for investigating an inter-state racket of spurious medicines that was found to have links with Varanasi.

Team assigned for the investigation

A team of assistant drugs controllers Sudarsan Biswal, Tushar Ranjan Panigrahi, and Dharmadev Puhan were assigned for the UP job.

Action taken by Odisha’s Drugs Enforcement Squad

The state government took action after the Drugs Enforcement Squad constituted by Odisha found that two dealers of fake drugs in Bargarh and Jharsuguda districts had transacted with medicine dealers from Varanasi.

Complaint filed against a medicine store owner and suppliers

On January 17, the health department lodged a complaint against a medicine store owner of Bargarh and three suppliers from Varanasi for supplying counterfeit drugs in the state. Police arrested Sunil Agrawal of Bargarh in this regard.

FIR lodged against a store proprietor and suppliers

The next day, the enforcement squad filed an FIR against one Amit Kumar Sarawgi, proprietor of another store in Jharsuguda, and two suppliers from Varanasi.

Govt soon to announce R&D policy for Pharma Sector

NPPA fixed revised retail price of 1 formulation: February 2023

USFDA issues Form 483 with 4 observations to Indoco Remedies, Goa

Attack on doctors: OPD services shut across the state as medicos protest

Spurious drugs worth Rs 2 lakh seized, distributor arrested

NPPA revised Ceiling price of 80 scheduled formulations: February 2023

India aims to be the world’s most respected drugs regulator: HM

Duties and responsibilities of QA person in Pharma Industry

NPPA fixed retail price of 74 formulations: February 2023

Latest Notifications regarding Pharmaceuticals

For informative videos on the news regarding Pharma / Medical Devices / Cosmetics / Homoeopathy etc., click on the below YouTube icon:

YouTube Icon

For informative videos by The Health Master, click on the below YouTube icon:

YouTube Icon

For informative videos on Medical Store / Pharmacy, click on the below YouTube icon:

YouTube Icon

For informative videos on the news regarding Pharma / Medical Devices / Cosmetics / Homoeopathy etc., click on the below YouTube icon:

YouTube Icon

For informative videos on consumer awareness, click on the below YouTube icon:

YouTube Icon
Telegram
WhatsApp
Facebook
LinkedIn
YouTube Icon
Google-news