Cuttack: The Directorate of Drug Control, Odisha today reportedly seized 17,000 spurious Favipiravir (drug prescribed for COVID-19 treatment) tablets worth Rs 69 lakh from the godown of a medicine wholesaler located at Kanika Chhak in Odisha’s Cuttack city.
The fake medicines packed in 170 boxes were found during a raid by a team of the Directorate of Drug Control. The raid was conducted on the basis of a tip-off regarding the offence.
The medicines, allegedly manufactured by Max Relief Healthcare based in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, were procured by the wholesaler from Madhya Pradesh, said Drugs Controller Annada Sankar Das.
The seized medicines have been sent for test while further investigation is underway to ascertain whether such medicines were released to the Odisha market for sale or not, the official said.
Legal action will be taken against the wholesaler, the official added.