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DCA officials seize overpriced antifungal injection and Ayurvedic medicine for misleading advertisement

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HYDERABAD, MAY 25, 2024: Drugs Control Administration, Telangana seized overpriced antifungal medicine ‘Zytaz-PT Injection’ (Piperacillin & Tazobactam Injection IP) at Asifabad and ‘Ayu RC Syrup’, an Ayurvedic medicine, in Narayanpet, for making a misleading advertisement claiming it treats ‘Kidney Stones’ during their raids on Friday and Saturday.

In an official release here on Saturday, DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy said that the officials seized ‘Zytaz-PT Injection’ (Piperacillin & Tazobactam Injection IP) on at a medical shop located in Asifabad. The product Piperacillin & Tazobactam Injection sold under brand name ‘Zytaz-PT Injection’ is under price control as per Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 and the price of product shall be in accordance with the ‘Ceiling Price’ fixed by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Government of India.

The product ‘Zytaz-PT Injection’ bears MRP as Rs. 546.15/- for 1 vial, on the label of the product which is a violation of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013. The Ceiling price fixed by the Central Government including Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for the product “Piperacillin & Tazobactam Injection” is Rs. 399.39 for 1 vial (Ceiling Price). Hence Maximum Retail Price (MRP) i.e. including GST 12 % should not be more than Rs. 447.31 for 1 vial (MRP=Ceiling Price+GST). The firm overpriced the product. Firm charged excess of Rs. 98.84 for 1 vial which is a violation of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013.  M. Srinivasulu, Assistant Director, Karimnagar and T. Chandana, Drugs Inspector, Asifabad are among the officers who carried out the raid.

In another raid, the officials detected an Ayurvedic medicine ‘Ayu RC Syrup’, circulating in the market with misleading claim on its label that it treats ‘Kidney Stones’, which is a contravention of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. The said medicine was detected by DCA officials at a medical shop in Narayanpet. Stocks were seized during the raid.

The advertisement of a medicine for the treatment of Kidney Stones is prohibited under the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.  A.N. Kranthi Kumar, Drugs Inspector, Narayanpet,  Mohd. Rafhi, Drugs Inspector, Jadcherla and  P. Sravan Kumar, Drugs Inspector carried out the raid.

Further investigation shall be carried out and action shall be taken as per the law against all the offenders.


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