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Maharashtra FDA book 133 people for selling COVID-19 drugs illegally

According to reports, these cases refer to the illegal sale of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and other injections for COVID-19 treatment.

Maharashtra FDA book 133 people for selling COVID-19 drugs illegally
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In recent developments, the State Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to take action against those involved in the black-marketing of drugs used in the treatment of the coronavirus, has filed complaints against 133 people across Maharashtra in the last few months,

Moreover, these cases refer to the illegal sale of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and other injections. According to reports, the FDA provided this information in an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court in response to a petition claiming that the state was not taking action against those involved in the black-marketing of these drugs.

Meanwhile, a shortage of the Remdesivir injections was reported in the months of April and May. Moreover, the Union government had taken control over its distribution across the country while stopping its availability in medical stores. During this period, the hospitals were asking the relatives of the patients to procure the injections on their own.

On the other hand, according to Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, state governments have been asked to take strict action against anyone found indulged in black marketing or hoarding of antiviral drug Remdesivir, Earlier on April 19, the minister further stated that he has also taken a meeting with the pharma secretary to review the availability of the antiviral drug which is used in the treatment of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, Minister of State of Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya had tweeted that the government plans to double the production of Remdesivir to around three lakh vials per day over the next 15 days in view of the rise in coronavirus cases.

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