India’s drug regulator has successfully seized counterfeit medicines worth over 20 million rupees ($241,666) in a recent operation conducted in Kolkata, the eastern city. The Drugs Standard Control Organisation conducted the raid, uncovering counterfeit copies of leading brands.
According to the health ministry, an ongoing investigation aims to identify the manufacturer and supply chain to ensure the availability of genuine medicine for the public’s consumption.
The medicine seized includes acid reflux medications like Pan-D, Pantocid DSR, and Urimax-D. Counterfeit copies of antibiotic medicines Augmentin and Clavam were also recovered.
The Indian government emphasizes that no compromises will be made to combat the prevalence of adulterated medicines in the country, added the health minister.
This raid came after a thorough inquiry initiated in January following a complaint from a manufacturer, during which counterfeit medicines valued at one million rupees ($12,083) were recovered, according to the health ministry.