Odisha CM Orders Crime Branch To Probe Fake Covid Drugs Case

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered the Crime Branch to investigate the alleged circulation of ‘fake’ medicines.

Earlier on Saturday, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare Department PK Mohapatra had issued a direction to the Odisha State Medical Corporation Ltd and the police to launch a joint inquiry into the seizure of alleged spurious drugs and submit a report.

Acting on a tip-off from Food and Drugs Administration, Maharashtra that spurious Favipiravir tablets allegedly manufactured by Max Relief Health Care at Solan in Himachal Pradesh, a non-existing manufacturer, have been purchased by Medilloyd Medicament Pvt Ltd at Kanika Chowk, Cuttack, the raid was conducted on Friday.

The firm had purchased 58,000 Favimax tablets from one Max Relief Health Care, Gautam Budh Nagar, UP, of which he had supplied 40,600 tablets to Mahadev Medicals and Surgicals, Gwalior.

Following the raid at Cuttack, Drug Control Administration conducted raids at different places of the State and spurious medicines were seized from Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar.