Health, Karimnagar, National, Telangana

DCA officials continue drive against misleading advts, overpriced medicines and quacks  

HYDERABAD, FEBRUARY 23, 2024: Officials of the Telangana Drugs Control Administration continued their drive against misleading advertisement, overpriced medicines and quacks in various parts of the state

In statement here on Friday, DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy said that the officials detected an ayurvedic medicine ‘EZEE-GO Pain Oil’ moving in the market with misleading claim on its labels that it treats ‘Rheumatism’ (inflammation, stiffness, and pain in the joints or muscles), which is a contravention of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. During the special drive conducted on Thursday to detect medicines moving in the market with misleading and objectionable advertisements, DCA Nalgonda officials detected ‘EZEE-GO Pain Oil’. The said ayurvedic medicine was detected by DCA officials at Sri Srinivasa Medical and General stores, Alair, Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri District. Stocks were seized during the raid. K. Dass, Assistant Director, Nalgonda, J. Ashwin Kumar, Drugs Inspector, Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri and K  K. Someshwar, Drugs Inspector, Nalgonda are among the officers who carried out the raid.

In another incident, the officials seized ‘FREZINE-10 Tablets’ (Flunarizine Tablets 10 mg) at Nizamabad. The product Flunarizine Tablets 10 mg sold under brand name ‘FREZINE-10 Tablets’ 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 ‘FREZINE-10 Tablets’ (Flunarizine Tablets 10 mg) was bears MRP as Rs. 99 for 10 tablets on the label of the product (i.e. Rs. 9.9 for one tablet) which is a violation of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013. The Ceiling price fixed by the Central Government for the product “Flunarizine Tablets 10 mg” is Rs. 4.82 for one tablet (Ceiling Price). Hence Maximum Retail Price (MRP) i.e. including GST 12 % should not be more than Rs. 5.39 for one tablet (MRP=Ceiling Price+GST)

The firm overpriced the product. Firm charged excess of Rs. 4.51/- for one tablet (i.e. 83.67% excess), which is a violation of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013.  Stocks worth  Rs.11,880 seized. N. Narasiah, Assistant Director, Nizamabad and V. Srikanth, Drugs Inspector, Nizamabad Urban are among the officers who carried out the raid.

The DCA officials raided the premises of a quack Bakthi Pradeep, at Chinna Gollapally Village, Shamshabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy District, who was claiming himself as a ‘Rural Medical Practitioner’ and practicing medicine without proper qualification at his clinic ‘Sri Sai Clinic’. The officials detected huge stocks of medicines found stocked at the premises without any drug license. About 20 varieties of medicines, including antibiotics, analgesics, cough syrups, anti-ulcer drugs, antihypertensives, etc., were found stocked at the premises. DCA officials seized the stock, worth a total of Rs. 20,000 during the raid.

Anvesh, Drugs Inspector, Shabad, D. Swetha Bindu, Drugs Inspector, Gandipet and A. Shylaja Rani, Drugs Inspector, Serilingampally are among the officers who carried out the raid. DCA officers lifted the samples for analysis. Further investigation will be carried out, and action will be taken as per the law against all the offenders.



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