The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thane Unit has registered an FIR against three pharmaceutical dealers for supplying fake and substandard drugs to the Civic Hospital run by the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in Mira Road and endangered the lives of patients.
Acting on a complaint filed by FDA Inspector Kishore Rajane, the police booked two Indore-based distributors and a local supplier under relevant sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Section 420, 467,468 and 471 CPI. However, no arrests have been made so far.
The FDA had randomly taken samples of some drugs from stores at MBMC Hospital and sent them for laboratory testing in Mumbai. Reports of laboratory tests of drugs prescribed to treat various types of bacterial infections and diarrhea have been found to be substandard and of misleading quality.
The FDA contacted MBMC’s health department and found the name of the supplier in Bhayandar and the chain of distributors based in Indore. However, the address (printed on the labels) of the actual Himachal Pradesh pharmaceutical company was found to be non-existent.
“We have cooperated with the FDA and also sent letters to affected suppliers informing them of the bogus supply. Such serious breaches will not be tolerated. The necessary measures will be taken in this regard. said a senior health official.
The action raised a serious question mark over the quality of the drugs administered and dispensed to patients from the counters of public hospitals. Meanwhile, the Navghar police are carrying out further investigations into the case.
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Posted: Thursday April 14th 2022, 5:29 PM IST