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Gang arrested for selling Covid-19 drugs

Hyderabad: Eight people who allegedly sold drugs being used to treat Covid-19 patients at exorbitant black market rates were found here Tuesday by the Task Force of the Commissioner (South). Police seized Rs. 35 lakh worth of injections and tablets from them.

The people arrested were identified as K.Venkata Subramanyam alias Secunderabad’s Phani (36), Musheerabad’s Santosh Kumar (39), Feelkhana’s Mohd Shaker (34), Musheerabad’s Kishore (29),Narayanguda’s Rahul Agarwal (29), Delhi’s Gagan Khurana (21), Talabkatta’sSaif Ali Mohammed (22) and Saidabad’s Firdous Mohammed (26).

City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said the eight people had developed a gang and were black selling the genetic variants of Remdesivir and Actemra injections and Fabiflu pills, both of which are currently being used to treat patients with Covid-19 diseases.

The drug Remdesivir is produced at Sangareddy by a unit of Hetero Drugs. The main accused Venkata Subramanyam, who is Sri Medicure Products’ managing director at Malkajgiri, had purchased the product directly from the company.

“After buying the drug consignment, Subramanyam sold it on the market at an exorbitant amount, with the aid of his associates. The gang received profits between Rs.30,000 and Rs.50,000 per injection, “said Anjani Kumar, adding that Agarwal had procured Actemra via Khurana from Delhi and sold the same at higher prices to clients here.

The medicines are only intended for sale in schools or clinics. Remdesivir drug comes with a consent form that must be filled in and signed at the time of drug administration by the patient / caregiver and doctor.

A copy of the consent form must be handed over to patients or guardians, the Commissioner said, adding that the eight people were handed over along with the confiscated drugs were handed over to Chaderghat police for further action. (INN)

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