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Another haul of fake drugs of branded pharmas, now from Solan in HP

COMMENT: The fake drugs were being manufactured at Sarah Enterprises in Solan's DIC Industrial Area and sold through their Agra shop. This is just the tip of the iceberg. A major threat at population level, this type of organised crime can NEVER take place without the connivance/knowledge of the politicians in power, police, the 'British clerks' and, especially, the pharmacies. On the other hand, to watch out for offences were their first job. The common man believes the raids and seizures are a drama to fox the public. History has no solution to offer!

SOLAN (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 24: Three persons were arrested on Tuesday night following seizure of fake drugs of branded pharmaceuticals from a godown in Baddi industrial area of Solan in Himachal Pradesh where it was being made.

The drugs were seized by the Drug Control Administration (DCA) officials from a vehicle at the border and the factory was subsequently raided.

A case under Section 18 A1 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act has been registered against the accused who have been identified as Mohit Bansal of Agra, who owns a drug business, Atul Gupta of Auraiya in UP and Vijay Kaushal of Indore. They were produced before a local court which remanded them in four-day custody on Wednesday.

The fake drugs were being manufactured at Sarah Enterprises in the DIC Industrial Area and sold through their Agra shop. The shop in Agra belonging to Bansal was raided and the stocks seized.

“A godown located in Baddi was raided and fake drugs valued at more than Rs 1 crore were seized. The medicines were manufactured under the name of renowned companies like Ipca Laboratories, USV Pvt Ltd, Cipla, Cadila, Macleods Pharmaceuticals, Signova Pharma, among others,” State Drugs Controller Navneet Marwaha, told Tribune.

Rs 8 cr-cancer medicines seized: Meanwhile, seven people, including an MBBS doctor and owner of a pharmaceutical factory, were arrested by the crime branch of the Delhi police for allegedly manufacturing spurious medicines and supplying them in India, China, Bangladesh and Nepal as genuine life-saving cancer medicines. Twenty international brands of cancer medicines worth over Rs 8 cr were seized from the arrested persons, HT reported.

Last September also spurious drugs were seized in a raid in the same industrial area in Solan where 650 pharmaceutical factories are located and 54,000 spurious capsules and 3,000 tablets were seized. Several illicit factories had been unearthed elsewhere in the State too in the past. Most of India's pharmaceutical factories are in Himachal Pradesh, numbering 1,500.

Damage from substandard and fake drugs: The damage done at the population level by substandard and fake drugs is irreversible. These substances not only compromise the treatment of various diseases leading to their progression, but also cause drug resistance and death. Those ingested such fakes usually face kidney and liver damage. Large number of cases have come to light where Chinese and Indian fakes have not only done damage to their own populations but also to countries like Nigeria, Gambia and others in Africa, Panama in South America and Indonesia in South-east Asia.

Most recent is the case of Gambia where 66 children died of kidney failure due to consumption of fake cough drugs imported from the State of Haryana in India. Diethylene glycol and chromium were the main culprits in most cases in the last few years. Diabetes medicines glibenclamide and metformin have also raised quality concerns in several countries. Benign ingredients like chalk, flour etc are also used instead of medicinal chemicals in which case the death is caused by the progression of the disease only and the adulteration goes undetected. A recent survey across countries found half of antibiotics sampled were substandard. There is no inbuilt system for the clinicians to suspect the quality of drugs when they fail. The cost that the fakes inflict is very heavy at multiple levels.

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