Ahmedabad: In Gujarat (Gujarat) its demand has increased due to the indiscriminate use of ‘Tocilizumab’ injection for the treatment of Covid-19. Those who make fake medicine are taking advantage of it. A senior official of the state Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) gave this information on Sunday.
He said that the right to manufacture this patented drug is only with the Roche Pharma company of Switzerland and it is being marketed in India by Cipla. The official said that from May till now, about 6,400 ‘tocilizumab’ injections have been imported in Gujarat.
Recently, a gang selling fake ‘tocilizumab’ injections was busted in raids in Surat and Ahmedabad.
FDCA Commissioner Hemant Koshia said in Gandhinagar that the alleged gang leader Sohail Ismail Tai used to run a fake company called Genic Pharma in Surat and make fake injections at his residence.
He said that during the raid of FDCA, drug making equipment and active pharmaceutical ingredients worth Rs 8 lakh were recovered from his residence from which the drug is produced.
The official said Tai used to supply the medicine to agents who distributed it to various shopkeepers. He said that the FDCA had registered a case against five people for making and selling fake tocilizumab medicine. The process of making a complaint to the police against the accused is going on.
Koshia said that in the first week of May, the Gujarat government had decided to buy tocilizumab injection and provide it to government hospitals so that it could be used in the treatment of some patients of Kovid-19.
He said that this decision was taken after two patients recovered from tocilizumab in Gandhinagar Government Hospital. Koshia said, “By that time, only 20 injections purchased by the state government were available in Gujarat. The company then imported more injections. “
He told, “This drug is used in some special cases of Kovid-19 and has no use on a large scale. But after its inclusion in the treatment rules by the Indian Council of Medical Research on 13 May, its demand has increased, causing imbalance in demand and supply and causing public distress. ”
The official said that taking advantage of the increased demand and supply gap, some people are trying to make fake tocilizumab injections in the name of a fake company like Genic Pharma.
He said that a doctor sent us a picture of fake tocilizumab injection on WhatsApp, after which we started the investigation.