Posted by : Varun Doshi
On : 03 June 2014
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Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is understood to have tipped the drug controllers of states where from online traded consignments of drugs are being exported. The Maharashtra FDA already informed the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) regarding the illegal online sale of addictives, anti depressants and anti hypertensives.
FDA had a month ago approached the DCGI to devise an action plan for completely stopping the clandestine activity of illegal online sale of drugs to overseas clients without a license and prescription in contravention of the Section 18 C of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. FDA officials have since then maintained that it is an unorganised trade and they are yet to gauge the magnanimity of the racket.
A senior FDA official informed, "We are still investigating the matter and more such companies apart from 20 companies detected might face actions like prohibition and seizures of the prescription drugs under the Drugs Act." FDA has been investigating the racket of addictive drugs for the past one month waiting to be flown to foreign countries such as the US, UK, France and Australia via online orders
These drugs were prohibited from being exported from wholesale godowns, airport sorting station and foreign post office. Mahrashtra FDA has seized 133 packets of drugs worth Rs.1 lakh from the foreign post office. These had the names of people in foreign countries to whom they were meant to be supplied. FDA officials have also registered FIRs against wholesalers in Andheri, Sewri and Fort as well as against one in Gujarat. Three FIRs have been registered in Meghwadi police station, Jogeshwari, Andheri (East) police station and the airport police station against nine people.
"The racket spans across continents and we are consistently cracking down on errant suppliers by sensitising our counterparts in other states," says an official.
FDA has till date seized and issued orders prohibiting drugs worth over Rs.2 crore from over 25 locations from Nagpur, Mumbai and Pune alone. An FDA official explains, "Investigations are going on and have revealed that the illegal online trade of medicines spread to many parts of the country and over 20 such trading companies are under the FDA scanner for supplying drugs to clients in the US, Canada, Russia, Sweden and Japan. Further action can be taken against the companies by way of suspension and cancellation of licenses based on the investigations."