Drugs Control Administration Cracks Down on Illicit Pharmacies and Counterfeit Drug Rackets

Drugs Control Administration

The Drugs Control Administration (DCA) in Telangana has intensified its efforts against illicit pharmacies and counterfeit drug operations, successfully executing 18 operations since July 21, 2023. Reports indicate that these operations have resulted in the seizure of spurious and unlicensed drugs valued at more than Rs 7 crore.

The enforcement activities initiated by the DCA have targeted a range of illegal activities, including the unauthorized stocking and sale of drugs by self-professed RMPs (Registered Medical Practitioners) and PMPs (Pharmacy Medical Practitioners). Notably, the raids conducted during the months of December and January uncovered various instances of illegal drug operations across the state.

One significant operation occurred on December 4, when DCA officials raided an unlicensed godown at Machabollaram, discovering spurious anti-cancer drugs falsely claimed to be manufactured by a non-existent company, ‘Astra Generics Pvt. Ltd.’ The seized stocks during this raid amounted to a staggering Rs 4.35 crore.

Another major operation on December 29 saw the DCA busting a counterfeit drug racket in Hyderabad. The illicit manufacturing and distribution network involved fake antibiotics, hypertension and cholesterol medicines, and analgesics, with seized stocks worth Rs. 26 lakhs.

In a simultaneous operation on the same day, the DCA uncovered a separate counterfeit drug manufacturing racket at Kukatpally. Rams Pharmaceuticals, based in Moosapet, was found producing counterfeit anti-ulcer medicines under the guise of a food supplement manufacturer, supplying them to a wholesale distributor, M/s. Biomedic Pharmaceutical Private Ltd. in Nizamabad.

The month of January saw continued efforts by the DCA. On January 3, a counterfeit antibiotics racket was exposed, involving the shipping of fake antibiotics to Telangana State through couriers from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Fake antibiotics worth Rs. 22.95 lakhs were seized during raids at Uppal and Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad.

On January 18, DCA officials raided an unlicensed godown at Amberpet, seizing substantial stocks of medicines worth Rs 20.52 lakhs. Simultaneously, the premises of Sree Raja Rajeshwara Medical Distributors in Kapra were raided, leading to the confiscation of a considerable stock of insulin injections worth Rs. 5 lakhs.

The crackdown continued on January 19, when the Iswarya Fertility Center at Malakpet was raided for operating a pharmacy with a fake drug license. The DCA seized extensive stocks of medicines valued at Rs. 10 lakhs. During the raid, it was revealed that the Iswarya Fertility Center had presented a forged or fabricated drug license.

The DCA’s relentless efforts demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the menace of illicit pharmacies and counterfeit drugs, safeguarding public health, and ensuring the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain in Telangana.

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