Agency raided for diverting Railway medicines in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: The Drugs department today ordered a Ghaziabad-based agency to call back several lots of a cough syrup that it had allegedly sold to various chemist shops in the city, but was meant for free distribution to Railway hospitals.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

Drug Inspector Deepak Sharma said that several chemist shops from Nai Basti area complained that the agency has supplied them ‘Railway supply, not for sale’ cough syrup surreptitiously by pasting stickers on the marking.

Upon this information, a team from drugs department raided the premises of the agency at Kavi Nagar Industrial area and took stock registers in their possession.

Inward stock was not found in their godown.

“The agency has been ordered by the drugs department to recover back the whole lot of free Railway supply cough syrup from all medical stores. A show cause notice has been issued by the drug licensing authority, of Meerut zone.

“After investigation, if the agency is found guilty of diverting the ‘not for sale medicines’ into the market, then a case will be lodged under appropriate sections of Drugs and Cosmetics Act,” Sharma added.

Rajdev Tyagi, President of the chemists and druggists association, said that the association had lodged a complaint with the Drugs Department regarding this matter. The medicines supplied by the agency to the chemist shops have not been sold.