Two persons have been arrested by the Mira Road Police for allegedly selling drug Remdesivir used in COVID-19 treatment at four times than actual prices on Friday. The duo has claimed that they obtain the drug from the pharmacists of the private hospital in Bandra. If citizens see the drugs being illegally sold somewhere they can call on Toll-free number – 1800222365 and report it, says Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Acting on a tip-off, the district rural police on Friday nabbed Sonu Darshi (25), who runs a chemist shop. And afterwards his colleague Rodrigues Raul (31) from Saibaba Nagar. They were allegedly selling vials of remdesivir injections at Rs. 20,000 each, while the actual price of the drug is Rs 5400.
Although police refused to reveal much detail about their arrests. They claimed that further investigations were underway. A bike has been seized along with the four vials from the possession of the duo, Sandeep Kadam, Senior PI, Mira Road Police Station said.
After receiving a tip-off on the two accused, the Mira Road police informed their seniors and got a dummy customer to contact Darshi. “The dummy costumer fixed a meeting with the two. First, they asked Rs 30,000 for each vial but settled on Rs 20,000 per injection. We caught them red-handed with four vials of Remdesivir,” Kadam said.
Offences under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC along with relevant provisions of the Essential Commodities Act and FDA Act have been registered against the duo at Mira Road police station.
According to the sources, “Two employees at the pharmacy unit of the private hospital in Bandra are on the police radar. Soon, we will detain them for questioning.”
Strict action on black marketer: Anil Deshmukh
On Friday, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had said that the government will buy anti-COVID drugs on a large scale. The minister had a meeting with FDA Minister Rajendra Shingne. After the meeting, Deshmukh said, “The state government is going to buy Remdesivir and Tocilizumab on a large scale. So, there will be no shortage of drugs in future.”
Meanwhile, he said if anybody caught selling drug Remdesivir or black-marketing it, then strict action will be taken. “The police and the FDA will take joint action against the culprit. Citizens should report if drugs being sold illegally anywhere. They can call on Toll-free number – 1800222365 and report it,” said Deshmukh.