The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered a case against a father-son duo for running an illegal clinic in Gorai recently. The two accused, who are absconding, allegedly administered steroids to patients with paralysis and osteoarthritis.
The FDA seized painkillers and steroids injections worth Rs1.32 lakh from the clinic run by Ramesh Raut and his father HD Amrut in a raid conducted in December. The clinic, which is in a bungalow, was visited by patients from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, apart from locals, said FDA officials. The accused claimed to be doctors, but FDA officials found the degrees to be fake or non-existent.
“These drugs are known to provide immediate relief and hence patients continued to flock his clinic. These injections, if given without a doctor’s supervision, can lead to severe organ damage,” said Dnyaneshwar Phadtare, joint commissioner, vigilance, FDA. The FDA lodged an FIR last week.
FDA officials had received a tip-off about the illegal Jai Ambe clinic.
“When we went for the first time to check their credentials, about 70 to 80 patients and their relatives were in the waiting room. We learnt the patients wait from 5am to get an appointment,” said Dastagir Shaikh, FDA, who was the part of the vigilance team that conducted the raid.
FDA officials said the duo even changed the labels of a few medications to create an impression that they manufactured the drugs themselves. Sources at FDA said a corporator from Bhayandar and rich businessmen from across the country were patients at the clinic.
FDA officials found Amrut claimed to have a BAMS degree, which actually stands for Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. His certificate, however, mentioned Bachelor of Alternative Medicine and Surgery. Raut claimed to be naturopathy professional and is not permitted to prescribe or administer drugs.
“We immediately sent the certificate for verification to the Council of Indian System of Medicine and they told us a Bachelor of Alternative Medicine and Surgery degree does not exist,” added Phadtare.
The Borivli police filed a case of cheating and illegal storage of drugs. “They were practicing medicine without a valid degree and licence. Once arrested, we will find out how they procured such high-end drugs,” said, Narayan Khere, senior police inspector, Borivli police station.