COVID-19 drugs allegedly stored for black marketing seized in AP

A decoy opening was carried out by the officers on the basis of a tip-off.

Officials from the Drugs Control Administration, Visakhapatnam, confiscated COVID-19 drugs from a man who was reported to have been illegally marketing the drugs in Maddilapalem, town.

K. Rajitha, Assistant Director (AD), DCA, said a Santosh Kumar was involved in the black-marketing of COVID-19 drugs. A bait operation was carried out based on a clue.

The DCA officers contacted the defendants by phone and requested injections of amphotericin B and remdesivir. Kumar offered remdesivir injections at ₹ 7,000 per vial. When he came to give the injections, he was caught by the drug inspectors and vigilance and enforcement officers.

Officials went to Kumar’s home where they found supplies of 11 different drugs used to treat COVID-19 symptoms, including antibiotics like azithromycin and doxycycline.

Drug Inspector P. Kalyani confiscated six injections of remdesivir along with the other drugs held by Kumar under the guise of Panchanama for violating Section 18 (c) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act in Pithapuram Colony, Maddilapalem, on June 7th from 1940.

Drug inspectors V. Abhipriya and R. Lalitha and Vigilance and Enforcement Inspector S. Laxmoji were involved in the operation and seizure, according to a statement by AD, DCA, here June 8th.

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