Crime, Health, Karimnagar, National, Telangana

Drugs Control Administration cancels licence to produce ‘Alprazolam’ drug by Mylan Laboratories

The laboratory was diverting the Alprazolam drug to mix with toddy (adulterated)

HYDERABAD, FEBRUARY 14, 2024:  The Telangana Drugs Control Administration has called the product manufacturing licence of Mylan laboratories, Pashamylaram, Patancheru in Sangareddy district for the drug ‘Alprazolam’.

There were reported events of ‘Alprazolam’ drug being mixed with toddy (adulterating toddy) which leads to serious health consequences. The unauthorized diversion of 21.250 kilograms of the psychotropic substance ‘Alprazolam’ from the licensed premises of Mylan Laboratories through certain employees who were working as chemists and production officers at the site, was detected by Prohibition & Excise Authorities. In connection with this, a seizure of 4.850 kilograms of Alprazolam was carried out in February 2023 by Prohibition & Excise Authorities from the consumables room of Mylan Laboratories.

The event of unauthorized diversion, which could potentially lead to abuse of the drug ‘Alprazolam’, came to the notice of the Drugs Control Administration, Telangana, from the Excise Authorities.

In a statement here on Wednesday, DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy said that said that they had issued a Show Cause Notice to Mylan Laboratories Ltd., upon carrying out an inspection of the site, as the firm failed to notify the Drugs Control Administration, Telangana, regarding the unauthorized diversion of Alprazolam from the licensed premises and for certain violations reported by DCA officers regarding the lack of adequate controls for the prevention and detection of such unauthorized diversion of Alprazolam from the licensed premises.

Considering the nature of the violations reported regarding the drug ‘Alprazolam’, which is a psychotropic substance, and its unauthorized diversion from Mylan Laboratories Ltd., Unit-7, upon assessment of the existing controls and practices at the site, the manufacturing licence for the drug ‘Alprazolam’ has been cancelled by the Drugs Control Administration, Telangana, with immediate effect, in the larger public interest.

‘Alprazolam’ is a psychotropic substance under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) and is used as a medicine to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, anxiety associated with depression, insomnia. The addiction / habit-forming potential of Alprazolam is very high. The abuse of Alprazolam can lead to various adverse effects including addiction, physical dependence, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.

Misuse of Alprazolam can result in sedation, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, impaired coordination, memory problems, and respiratory depression, particularly when combined with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants. Long-term abuse of Alprazolam can have serious consequences for physical and mental health, including cognitive impairment, mood disturbances, and increased risk of accidents.



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