Fake Antibiotics

Officials of the Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) have uncovered counterfeit antibiotics worth Rs 17.5 lakh in a series of raids across cities including Nadiad, Surat, Ahmedabad, and Rajkot. Four individuals have been detained in relation to this scandal.

These raids were initiated after intelligence led to the arrest of Khimaram Kumhar in Ahmedabad, who was found in possession of fake antibiotic tablets valued at Rs 2,61,250. Further investigations linked Kumhar to Arun Amera and subsequently to Vipul Degda, from whom drugs worth Rs 4,83,300 were confiscated. The trail further led to Darshan Vyas.

Evidence from Degda’s phone showed that these counterfeit drugs had been distributed to various doctors across the state without proper documentation. Some of the detainees worked as representatives for shadow companies, misleading doctors by delivering these fake drugs.

Inquiries revealed that the fake products were supposedly produced by a pharmaceutical firm in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. However, Himachal authorities confirmed that no such company existed.

The detainees have since been handed over to Isanpur police in Ahmedabad, and legal proceedings have been initiated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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