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Spurious drugs worth over Rs 6 lakh seized in Odisha in 45 days


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 23:

While raids and seizures continue in different districts of Odisha on vendors of spurious and sub-standard medicines by the authorities of the Directorate of Drugs Control Administration (DDCA), officials have seized spurious and sub-standard drugs worth more than Rs 6 lakhs in the last one and half months ever since it was reported in the media.


In the meanwhile, 26 types of drugs have been seized and 25 cases filed against offenders, sources in the DDCA said. Test reports of some drugs have also arrived. Marketers of spurious and sub-standard drugs sourced from Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan have spread their tentacles in six districts of the state.

The DDCA has during raids in Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara, Jajpur and Baleswar seized spurious and sub-standard drugs worth Rs 6.41 lakh and has registered cases against five wholesalers and 25 retailers.

“We have seized samples from several districts and recalled stocks. Stocks at supplier points have been seized and raids are continuing. Raids are continuing in different districts and prosecution has been launched against offenders,” revealed Arti Ahuja secretary Health & Family Welfare department.

Out of 26 medicine samples seized test reports of ten samples have arrived.   Out of the ten samples of which reports have arrived seven are of sub-standard and one is spurious. These are LC-Mon for common cold, ReRab DSR for acidity and nausea, apart from Montul tablet and syrup which are of sub-standard quality, sources in the DDCA revealed.

“We are waiting for the test reports of 17 other samples seized. We have directed all drugs inspectors to seize the drugs and documents of these drugs wherever these drugs have been dispatched.Each and every drugs inspector has been issued with guidelines to take action before any untoward incident occurs,” said Hrushikesh Mohapatra, Drugs Controller.

The cases registered will be tried at five special courts in the state after charge sheets are filed by the DDCA authorities, sources said.