Quoting preliminary findings, state medication controller A S Das stated Cuttack-based supplier M/s Medilloyd Medicament Non-public Restricted purchased the spurious drugs from one M/s Max Reduction Well being Care. The 40,600 tablets have been equipped to M/s Shri Mahadev Medicals and Surgicals, Gwalior. “A consignment of 17,000 tablets have been seized from the agency in Cuttack. Nevertheless, no spurious drugs of the actual consignment has been used on any affected person within the state,” Das advised TOI.
Worth of the seized consignment would have fetched Rs 69 lakh if bought out there illegally. The spurious Favipiravir tablets (model title Favimax-400), was allegedly manufactured by M/s Max Reduction Well being Care, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, a non-existing producer. “Whereas on the medication it was talked about that it has been manufactured by the agency in Solan, no such producer exists there. The supplier is being quizzed additional,” Das stated.
Although direct delivery of the product from Noida to Gwalior would have meant a far shorter distance, why it was routed through Cuttack is being probed. Additionally, inquiry is on to search out out if Cuttack was a transit level to different areas as nicely.
Further chief secretary (well being) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra stated dumping of such giant portions of the spurious drug in Odisha is shocking as a result of the state has sufficient inventory of medicines procured from authorised businesses.
Odisha has sufficient inventory of round 22 lakh tablets of Favipiravir whereas the day by day consumption is round 3,000 to 4000 tablets. “Since a lot of the sufferers who want it are getting it freed from price from the federal government, there isn’t any demand out there. Investigations will reveal why it was nonetheless shipped to Odisha,” he stated.
The state directorate of medication management additionally discovered that 9 different medication allegedly manufactured by the identical non-existent producer of Himachal Pradesh was purchased by the Cuttack agency. Since these 9 medication have been discovered to have been equipped to totally different districts, raids have been held in Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar.
A authorities assertion stated the raid was performed primarily based on a tip-off from meals & medication administration, Maharashtra. After completion of the investigation, prosecution circumstances might be launched within the specially-designated courts below the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, the assertion stated.