Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by The Health Master
Not of standard quality (NSQ) drug
Additionally, the owner of a medical store in Noida was implicated for selling these NSQ medications.
The accused individuals will now face trial before the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Greater Noida.
Discovery of NSQ Favipiravir tablets:
The investigation commenced in June 2020 when a team from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Uttar Pradesh in Noida confiscated a stock of Favipiravir tablets from a medical store in Mangla, Dadri.
In September 2020, the lab’s report revealed that the tablets were of NSQ quality.
It is important to note that tablets are categorized as counterfeit if their salt content is below 70%, whereas they are deemed NSQ if the salt content ranges between 70% and 90%.
Legal Action Against the Culprits:
The accused included two chemists, one responsible for developing the formula and the other for conducting the analysis, along with a marketing personnel.
It is worth mentioning that the supply of these tablets to the market was halted immediately after receiving confirmation of their NSQ quality. Currently, the case is under judicial scrutiny, awaiting trial.
In cases involving the manufacture and sale of NSQ drugs, the court has the authority to impose severe penalties on the accused.
If convicted, the culprits could face a life sentence or be fined up to Rs 10 lakh.
Such stringent measures are essential to deter individuals from engaging in the production and distribution of NSQ drugs, as they pose a serious threat to public health and safety.
Raid on Medical Store in Dadha, Greater Noida:
The store was found to be operating without a valid license and was involved in the sale of counterfeit antibiotics.
Samples of Zifi 200 and Zifi-O, commonly used for treating bacterial infections, were seized during the raid. Subsequent testing confirmed that the samples were indeed counterfeit.
The medical store owner, who failed to disclose the source of the drugs, is currently facing legal proceedings.
Anti-Cancer drugs Seized in Tronica City:
In November 2022, the Delhi crime branch seized Lenvatinib Mesylate, an anti-cancer drug, during a raid conducted at a godown in Tronica City.
Consequently, six individuals, including the godown owner Pabitra Narayan Pradan, were arrested in connection with the case.
The actions taken by the Noida drug inspector against the pharma company and the medical store owner for manufacturing and selling NSQ drugs reflect the commitment to ensuring public safety and upholding the integrity of the pharmaceutical industry.
Such measures are crucial in maintaining the quality of medications and safeguarding the health of the general population.
It is imperative for authorities to continue their vigilant efforts in combating the production and distribution of NSQ drugs, thereby fostering a safe and reliable healthcare system for all.
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