Fake drugs scam: Directorate of Drugs Control directs recall of BP medicines
On September 8, the Drugs Control administration had raided several drugstores in seven districts of Odisha amid allegations of sale of spurious drugs for treating patients with high blood pressure.
Bhubaneswar: After blowing the lid off manufacture and supply of fake BP or hypertension medicines with the recent multiple raids across the Twin City, the Directorate of Drugs Control Odisha has directed immediate recall of two particular drugs meant to high blood pressure and heart disease.
In a letter to all manufacturers and suppliers dated 7.09.2022, the office of the Drugs Inspector Bhubaneswar-IV Range ordered drug recall of Telma-40 (Telmisartan Tablets I.P. 40 mg) of batch no 18211055 manufactured in March 2022 (Expiry date – February 2025), and Telma-AM of batch no 18220083 manufactured in February 2022 (Expiry date – January 2025) manufactured by M/s Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The order was issued under the Enforcement of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules thereunder.
“With reference to the subject cited above, you are instructed to stop the sale and purchase of above mentioned drug and return back all the drugs to the supplier with immediate effect under intimate to this office. This may be treated as most important,” the letter read.
On September 8, the Drugs Control administration had raided several drugstores in seven districts of Odisha amid allegations of sale of spurious drugs for treating patients with high blood pressure. In Cuttack, 12 places including Manikghosh Bazar, Badambadi, Bankabazar and Mangalabag were raided and officials have so far seized cartons of aforementioned drugs worth over Rs 30 lakh from various drugstores. The drugs samples, they said, have been sent for laboratory tests and the drugstores have been directed not to sell the drugs till the arrival of the test reports. It will take at least seven days to conduct the tests and submit the reports.
Earlier, sale of the suspected spurious drugs had been detected in Bhubaneswar which had prompted the Drugs Control officials to carry out raids in Cuttack.
Sources have claimed that the fake drugs have been sourced from Bihar and Karnataka.