Two persons arrested for ‘black marketing’ of Remdesivir injections

Drugs control officials conduct a decoy operation; six injections seized from the accused

May 15, 2021 05:27 pm | Updated 05:27 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

The Drugs Control Administration (DCA) officials caught two persons on charge of black marketing of Remdesivir injections, in a decoy operation, at MVP Colony here on Friday evening.

Drugs Inspector (Vigilance) D. Suneeta, posing as a patient’s relative in need of Remdesivir injections, made a call to a phone number obtained from another patient’s relative. Suresh, who answered the call, gave the number of Rakesh. When Ms. Suneeta contacted Rakesh over the phone, he told that he has six Remdesivir injections and the price was ₹35,000 per vial (₹2,10,000 for six vials).

Drugs Inspectors Suneeta and P.N.V.V.S. Kalyani (Visakhapatnam sales) waited in the surroundings of a hospital at MVP colony and said their relative was admitted here. Rakesh along with another person G. Brahmaji came to meet the Drugs Inspectors at the hospital.

Three Covifor injections (Hetero) and three Redyx-L injections (Dr. Reddy’s) along with ₹44,000 cash were seized from their possession, according to Assistant Director, DCA, K. Rajita.

The Drugs Inspectors along with Circle Inspector (Vigilance and Enforcement) S. Laxmoji filed a complaint at the MVP Police station.

During interrogation, Rakesh and Brahmaji disclosed that they were getting the injections from a doctor. Details were given to the MVP police for further investigation.

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