DCA officials seize ‘White petroleum jelly’ manufactured without drug licence

Seize ‘Altracold suspension’ for making misleading advertisement claiming to treat fever

HYDERABAD, APRIL 17, 2024: Officials of Drugs Control Administration, Telangana seized ‘White Petroleum Jelly’ manufactured without a drug licence and ‘Altracold Suspension’ for making misleading advertisement claiming it treats fever.

In official release here on Wednesday, DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy said that based on gathered intelligence, officials from DCA conducted a raid on a medical shop situated at Pet Basheerabad, Quthbullapur on Tuesday During the raid, officers detected the product ‘White Petroleum Jelly’ bearing the brand name ‘PURELINE,’ which was illegally manufactured and being circulated in the market. The product ‘PURELINE’ (White Petroleum Jelly) was manufactured by Jubilant Cosmeceuticals, #6-3-114/9, Shivarampally, Hyderabad-500052 without a drug licence. The product ‘PURELINE’ has not been labeled in the prescribed manner and is also considered a ‘misbranded’ drug.

During the raid, officials seized 10 units of 500 ml each of Pureline (White Petroleum Jelly).  The product ‘White Petroleum Jelly’ is a ‘drug’ under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. It must be manufactured only under a ‘drug license’ issued under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, adhering to the ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’ (GMP) prescribed under Schedule-M of Drugs Rules, and must meet the quality standards prescribed in the ‘Indian Pharmacopoeia’ (IP) mandatorily. E Thirupathi, Drugs Inspector, Quthbullapur and  K. Muralikrishna, Drugs Inspector, Malkajgiri are among the officers who carried out the raid.

Misleading advertisement

In another raid, the officials detected a medicine ‘ALTACOLD Suspension,’ circulating in the market with misleading claim on its label that it treats ‘fever’, which is a contravention of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 prohibits advertisement of certain drugs for treatment of certain diseases and disorders. No person shall take part in publication of advertisement regarding the diseases/disorders indicated under the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

During the special raids conducted on Tuesday, officials detected the medicine at a medical shop situated in Attapur, Rajendranagar, Rangareddy Dist. Stocks were seized during the raid.  G. Ravikiran, Drugs Inspector, Rajendranagar and  K. Anvesh, Drugs Inspector, Shabad are among the officers who carried out the raid. Further investigation shall be carried out and action shall be taken as per the law against all the offenders.

The public may report any complaints regarding illegal activities concerning medicines through the Drugs Control Administration, Telangana Toll-Free Number 1800-599-6969, which is operational from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on all working days.


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