Banned capsules being supplied to entire state, raids in districts likely
The seizure of 13 lakh spasmo proxyvon plus capsules from Sehgal Medical Agencies in Jawahar Nagar by the district drug authorities on Wednesday evening has unfolded that the capsules were being freely supplied to the state during the last three months in spite of the fact that the drug controller general of India (DCGI) had not approved them for supply.punjab Updated: Jan 31, 2014 21:03 IST
The seizure of 13 lakh spasmo proxyvon plus capsules from Sehgal Medical Agencies in Jawahar Nagar by the district drug authorities on Wednesday evening has unfolded that the capsules were being freely supplied to the state during the last three months in spite of the fact that the drug controller general of India (DCGI) had not approved them for supply.
The investigation by drug authorities has revealed that around six lakh capsules were supplied by the carry-and- forward agent of Wockhardt pharmaceutical company, owned by the agencies.
The capsules were supplied to various districts including Bathinda, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ropar, Mohali, Kapurthala, Amritsar of the state and Gagret, Jasoor and Shimla areas in Himachal Pradesh.
The sources said that drug authorities had written to zonal licensing authorities concerned under whom these districts fall so that further raids could be conducted at these places.
The investigation further revealed that one capsule costs Rs 4 and capsules worth `24 lakh were supplied by this agent.
Sources said that these capsules were made of three salts including tramadol, paracetamol and dicyclomine and this formula was not in the approved list of DCGI. However, this formula has, surprisingly, been approved by Himachal drug authorities.
The sources said that the government had banned production and sale of the painkiller dextropropoxyphene and its formulations on May 23, 2013 over concerns regarding its consumption and abuse.
Sources said as after the ban of dextropropoxyphene, which was being sold under the name 'spasmo proxyvon' capsules, the Wockhardt company started using tramadol and other salts in the medicine under new name 'spasmo proxyvon plus capsules'.
They further added that as dextroproxyphene was banned but label, packaging, carton, and colour of the new drugs is similar to the previous proxyvon and spasmo proxyvon capsules, which was good enough to lure addicts to use the products as a substitute for former due to which the sale and purchase of proxyvon plus capsule and spasmo proxyvon plus capsules was also to be monitored seriously.
They also said that notices would be sent to Wockhardt pharmaceutical company agency in this regard. Confirming about this, state drug controller Ajay Singla said that notices would be sent to the company soon and the matter would be taken up with higher authorities as DCGI has not approved the formula, which has been used to manufacture these capsules.
On Thursday, the district drug authorities seized nearly 13 lakh spasmo proxyvon plus capsules from Sehgal Medical Agencies in Jawahar Nagar costing nearly `52 lakh. It is pertinent to mention here that Patiala police had also raided Sehgal Medical Agencies and had found that the firm had sold nearly 19.95 lakh capsules made from dextropropoxyphene, a salt banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, worth `44 lakh within 15 days, even after a ban was imposed on May 23 last year.