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DCA officials continue their drive against overpriced drugs, quacks, misleading advertisement

K M Dayashankar

HYDERABAD, JUNE 26, 2024: Officials of the Drugs Control Administration, Telangana have continued their drive against drugs manufactured and sold as food products, overpriced drugs, misleading advertisements and quacks in various parts of the state on Monday and Tuesday.

In a statement here on Wednesday, DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy said that officials seized ‘Calgrip Tablets’ in Siddipet which were falsely manufactured and sold under the guise of ‘food products/nutraceuticals’. The product has been claimed to contain Calcium Citrate 1000mg , Magnesium 100 mg, Zinc mono 4 mg, Vitamin D3 2000IU. These tablets were falsely manufactured under a ‘food license (FSSAI license)’ and falsely claimed to be a food product/nutraceutical.

In separate events, officials seized two overpriced medicines – The MRP indicated is very high compared to the Ceiling Price fixed for the product by the Central Government.  Mupipan 5gm Ointment (Mupirocin Ointment 2% w/w) at Kapra, Medchal-Malkajgiri District and Zandi-200 Capsules (Itraconazole Capsules 200 mg) at Kamareddy.

In another incident, they seized certain medicines due to misleading advertisements: Suppol Child Suppositories, an allopathic medicine, claimed to treat ‘Fever’., Shri Tulsi Drops, an Ayurvedic medicine, claimed to treat ‘Fever’ and Tulsi Ginger Drops, an Ayurvedic medicine, claimed to treat ‘Pneumonia’.

The DCA officials raided a quack’s clinic and seized drugs stocked for sale at Thadiparthy Village, Gopalpet Mandal, Wanaparthy District. On credible information, the officials raided the premises of a quack Bodhani Naveen Kumar, who was claiming himself as a ‘Rural Medical Practitioner’ and practicing medicine without proper qualification at his clinic.

During the raid, DCA officials detected huge stocks of medicines found stocked at the premises without any drug license. 52 varieties of medicines, including Antibiotics, Steroids, Analgesics, Anti-ulcer drugs, etc., were found stocked at the premises. DCA officials seized the stock, worth a total of Rs. 60,000 during the raid.

Vinay Sushmi, Drugs Inspector, Siddipet, T. Shivateja, Drugs Inspector, Kapra and Raja Reddy, Drugs Inspector, Kamareddy, C. Vivekananda Reddy, Drugs Inspector, Khairatabad, A. Shylaja Rani, Drugs Inspector, Sherilingampally, B. Praveen, Drugs Inspector, Shameerpet, P. Santosh, Drugs Inspector, Mehdipatnam, A. Rashmi, Drugs Inspector, Wanaparthy, Sk. Rabiya, Drugs Inspector, Mahabubnagar, S. Vishwanath Reddy, Drugs Inspector, Nagarkurnool, and S. Vinay, Drugs Inspector, Narayanpet are among the officers who carried out the raids separately.

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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