Health, Karimnagar, National, Telangana

DCA continues drive against quacks and seize medicines worth Rs 2.56 lakhs

HYDERABAD, APRIL 19, 2024: Officials of Drugs Control Administration, Telangana conducted raids on clinics operated by unlicensed practitioners (quacks) and seized illegally stocked drugs worth Rs 2.56 lakhs intended for sale at three separate locations across the State, including: Vepur Village, Hanwada Mandal, Mahabubnagar District, Jangaon, Jangaon District and Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

In an official release here on Friday, DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy said that based on credible information, officials from the Drugs Control Administration raided the premises of quacks who were claiming themselves as ‘Rural Medical Practitioners’ and practicing medicine without proper qualifications at their clinics on Thursday and Friday. They raided a quack’s clinic run by Bandari Venkata Swamy in Vepur village of Mahabubnagar district and seized Rs one lakh worth medicines, Chintakindi Yadagiri in Jangaon and medicines worth Rs 56,000 and Annapureddy Rajalakshmi at Filmnagar, Hyderabad and seized medicines worth Rs one lakh.

DCA officials detected several higher generation ‘antibiotics’ at the clinics during the raids. Indiscriminate sale of antibiotics, by unqualified persons may have disastrous consequences on the health of rural public, including emergence of ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’.

Officials found ‘steroids’ at the clinics of quacks. Misusing steroids can have serious health consequences, including immune system suppression, hormonal imbalances, muscle and bone weakness, cardiovascular problems, and psychological effects. The indiscriminate use of steroids poses significant risks to public health. DCA officials seized the stocks, worth a total of Rs. 2.56 lakhs, during the special raids.

G Rajyalakshmi, Assistant Director, Warangal, T. Rajamouli, Assistant Director, Hyderabad, Sk. Rabiya, Drugs Inspector, Mahbubnagar, A. Balakrishna, Drugs Inspector, Jangaon, Ch. Swapna, Drugs Inspector, Jubilee Hills, M. Aravind Kumar, Drugs Inspector, Warangal,  B. Lakshmi, Drugs Inspector, Charminar and A. Rashmi, Drugs Inspector, Wanaparthy are among the officers who carried out the raid.

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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