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3 held for selling Defence, ESIC hospital drugs

Busted: The accused would wipe off the ‘not for sale’ and ‘for defence’ stamps using thinners. File

Busted: The accused would wipe off the ‘not for sale’ and ‘for defence’ stamps using thinners. File  

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FDA found medicines worth ₹14.62 lakh; further investigations under way

The central unit of the Crime Branch has arrested two medicine suppliers based in Sanpada along with their friend for selling medicines that were meant for Defence and ESIC hospitals in the country.

The accused have been identified as Mashesh Shivshankar Nagansure (36) from Solapur, Sachin Vishnu Vadaskar (29) from Nanded and Sachin Puruahottam Baldava (37) from Ghatkopar. Mr. Nagansure and Mr. Vadaskar were partners at the Samarth Distributors agency.

“In a raid by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the Samarth’s office at Sector 5 in Sanpada, they found that an anti-diabetic medicine, Galvus 50 mg by Novartis, was being circulated to the retail market by rubbing off the stamp that said ‘for defence’ and ‘not for sale’. A team has left for Delhi to find further links to the racket. We are trying to find out how the medicines got outside the Defence hospitals,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Tushar Doshi said.

The accused used to wipe off the stamp using thinner and then distribute the medicines to various States. Since the medicine was to be given to patients in government hospitals free of cost, the MRP of the tablet was being distributed among each person involved in the racket, the police said.

The accused were arrested by a team lead by senior police inspector Nivrutti Kolhatkar from the central unit on March 6 and the accused are currently in police custody till Friday.

In the raid, the FDA found medicines worth ₹14.62 lakh. After checking the batch number, it was found that the medicines were meant for the Defence and ESIC hospitals. The accused have been arrested under Sections 420,463,465 and 468 of the Indian Pemal Cpde along with sections of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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