The police have booked seven dealers from Khanna, Ferozepur and Ludhiana for selling spurious and sub-standard drugs manufactured by Madhya Pradesh-based Anupam Biotech Company.
PD Bansal, president, Lok Sewa Club, said in the year 2012, one of the members of the club had purchased a medicine called Kenflox-200 from a local drug store for which the chemist charged `20 for a strip of 10 tablets.
Bansal said the print rate of the strip was Rs 80 which posed doubts about the quality of the medicine. He said they had filed a Right to Information with the State Licensing Authority (SLA) of Himachal Pradesh seeking information whether the medicine was from a registered company or not. However, the SLA disclosed that no drug manufacturing license had been issued to a company called Anupam Biotech Company.
He further said a team of drug inspectors from the health department including Parneet Kaur from Khanna and Dinesh Gupta from Ludhiana conducted raids in the drug stores on Samadhi Road in Khanna and Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on November 8, 2012 and seized a massive stock of medicines manufactured by the said company. Samples of these medicines were also sent for laboratory tests. All the samples failed the lab tests and were proved to be sub-standard, miss-branded and spurious. Besides, the medicine strips and cartons bore different drug manufacturing license numbers, he added.
He also said during investigation it transpired that local dealers purchased drugs manufactured by the Anupam Biotech Company from various dealers based in Gwalior.
Bansal said the dealers in Gwalior had purchased medicines from M/s National Medical Store in Bhind (MP), which failed to file a reply. He said the health department team led by Dinesh Gupta visited Gwalior for physical verification and found that the dealers there did not exist and the Anupam Biotech Company at Bhind locked.
The police have registered a case under Section 27C of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing elivery of property), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code.