DCA raid | Two were arrested for selling remdesivir on the black market

Further investigations are ongoing.

Drugs Control Administration (DCA) officials caught two people charged with black marketing remdesivir injections in a decoy operation on Friday evening at the MVP colony in Visakhapatnam.

Vigilance D. Suneeta posed as a relative of a patient in need of remdesivir injections and called a phone number given to him by a relative of another patient.

Suresh, who answered the call, gave Rakesh’s number. When the drug inspector contacted Rakesh by phone, he said he had six injections of remdesivir and the price was £ 35,000 per vial (£ 2,10,000 for six vials).

Ms. Suneeta and PNVVS Kalyani (sales in Visakhapatnam) were waiting in the vicinity of a hospital in the MVP colony and said their relative had been admitted there. Rakesh came to see the drug inspectors at the hospital with another person, G. Brahmaji.

According to DCA Assistant Director K. Rajita, three Covifor injections (Hetero) and three Redyx-L injections (Dr. Reddy’s) and £ 44,000 in cash were taken from her possession.

The drug inspectors along with District Inspector (Vigilance and Enforcement) S. Laxmoji filed a complaint with the MVP Police Station. During the interrogation, Rakesh and Brahmaji announced that they had received the injections from a doctor. Details were given to the MVP police for further investigation.

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