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Nalagarh factory making fake Remdesivir sealed, 673 vials seized and 11 accused held

Vaccine vial. Stock photo: By Ali Raza/Pixabay

Chandigarh, May 25 (MNN) In a crackdown on manufacture of counterfeit drugs and their sale, a factory at Nalagarh in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh has been sealed on the charge of manufacturing fake Remdesivir injections in large quantities, Haryana Police said on Tuesday.

The unit — Alfin Drugs Pvt Ltd allegedly owned by Dilpreet Singh — was sealed in cooperation with drug control authorities of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

An FIR was registered at the Ambala police station on April 21 after police seized 24 Remdesivir vials from four persons who were subsequently arrested.

On the basis of information provided by them during questioning, others involved in the racket were also arrested, taking the total arrests in the case to 11.

Police said the accused were selling the vials – used in the treatment of coronavirus patients — to people at exorbitant prices.

In all, 673 fake Remdesivir injections were seized, of which 423 vials were seized from the arrested accused. The remaining 250 vials were seized on Monday from the unit, which was subsequently sealed.

Police said these accused were found connected to an incident wherein Remdesivir injections were thrown in a canal at Salempur village under Chamkaur Sahib police station in Punjab.

“Further probe is underway and we are trying to arrest the other members of the syndicate,” a Haryana Police spokesperson said.
He urged the people to inform police against black marketing of Covid-19 medicines.

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