A gang of seven allegedly involved in black market sales of remdesivir injections was arrested by Patamata police here in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.
Four injections, including two expired cans, and £ 2.32 cash have been reclaimed from them.
The defendants, who were from Krishna District, worked as medical traders and agents for various companies. Police are trying to track down some other people involved in the racket, Police Commissioner B. Srinivasulu said.
Central Zone Police Deputy Commissioner Y. Srinivas Reddy said a police team led by Patamata Inspector R. Suresh Reddy had medical dealer Sivanath and Sriniva’s medical representatives Mohan Krishna, Anantha Reddy, Raju, Tharun and Naresh arrested.
Delivery of two injections
Police said the defendant gave two injections of remdesivir to G. Hitesh Kumar from Mangalagiri, who needed them for his father, and billed him £ 70,000.
However, when the buyer found the medicine had expired, he returned the vials to the defendant, who reportedly failed to return the money to him. Instead, they sold two more injections and charged him another £ 1.4 lakh, Srinivas Reddy said.
“We are trying to find out whether the gang has connections to hospitals or pharmacies and whether other gangs are involved in the wrongdoing,” said the police inspector The Hindu.