5 arrested for selling counterfeit drugs in Telangana

Rakesh Dudhat

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Fake drugs racket busted in Uttarakhand, Telangana authorities nab five culprits

In a major crackdown on the illegal drug trade, the Telangana Drugs Control Administration (DCA) and the Hyderabad Police Task Force have unearthed a fake drug manufacturing unit in Uttarakhand that was making and selling chalk powder as medicines under the labels of well-known pharma brands like Cipla and GlaxoSmithKline.

The DCA and the police raided a pharma factory called Nectar Herbs and Drugs that was involved in the distribution of spurious drugs. The operation, codenamed Operation Jai, resulted in the seizure of “significant quantities of counterfeit drugs” and the arrest of five people.

The arrested persons confessed to creating bogus versions of popular drugs and supplying them to various states, according to an official statement by the DCA.

This is not the first time that the DCA has exposed such a scam. Last month, the DCA also confiscated large amounts of an “overpriced” antibiotic in Nizamabad district.

The antibiotic, Donem Injection (Meropenem injection IP 1 g), was being sold at a whopping Rs 1,899 for a 1g vial by a drug maker named Doctor’s Life Sciences (India) Ltd. The DCA team nabbed the culprits in Armoor city.

Counterfeit medicines are on the rise globally, with nearly 6,000 pharmaceutical crime incidents recorded in 2021, a 38 percent increase from the previous year according to times of India

The World Health Organization states that almost 10.5% of the medications worldwide are either substandard or fake

The health ministry of India estimates that 5% of drugs in India are counterfeit, while 0.3% is spurious

Fake drugs form 20% of the 40,000 crore Pharma market in India

previously  in 2023

Instance, counterfeit drugs of major brands were seized in Hyderabad

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