Gurugram catches fancy of Covid drug black marketeers

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune information service

Gurugram, July 13

Owing to the scarcity of Covid remedy medication like Remdesivir in Delhi and different cities of NCR, Gurugram has caught consideration of black marketeers.

Gurugram to date is just metropolis in NCR that has ensured

constant provide of medicine to crucial Covid sufferers at MRP. Taking a bonus of the identical many fraudulent brokers after procuring the medication from metropolis are out promoting them at ten instances the worth in Delhi and NCR areas like Noida.

Priced at Rs 5,400 a vial, Remdesivir is being bought at as excessive as Rs 30,000 at vial by black marketeers who’re reportedly sourcing the identical from Gurugram.

Already on excessive alert, the native drug division has barred meting out of medicine to any non-IPD affected person by metropolis hospitals.

“From day one we ensured that the drug is procured on direct company-to-hospital foundation and it can’t be bought or purchased over-the-counter from chemists. We have stringently ensured compliance of capped worth. Every night the hospitals submit the obtainable inventory and injections used and report back to us in order that we are able to preserve tabs on the consumption. Gurugram, as of now,

has no scarcity, however following reviews of individuals and brokers attempting to obtain the identical from hospitals via fraudulent prescriptions we’ve stepped up vigilance. The Covid hospitals have been restricted on

prescriptions and meting out of the medication solely to the IPD sufferers admitted to their amenities. The medication are then procured by the hospital and never affected person,” mentioned Drug Controller Amandeep Chauhan.

According to Chauhan, the drug is utilized in crucial Covid affected person administration and thus is required by IPD sufferers solely and as per protocol is immediately procured by hospital.

“There is seamless procurement in the city so far with no reported shortage or waiting period. To keep things going we need to keep a check on any black marketeering attempt,” he mentioned.

Though the town has sufficient inventory, the alarm has been sounded on lively black marketeers attempting to obtain Remdesivir, Favipiravir and Tocilizumab. The social media teams are stuffed with requests of individuals in search of medication and brokers promoting the supply of similar in not simply NCR however throughout the nation.

Such social media posts have put cyber crime department of police additionally on alert. The disaster, in keeping with medical doctors, has risen owing to large demand and provide hole.

The demand for Remdesivir soared because it managed to chop the length of Covid signs from 15 days all the way down to 11 in scientific trial at hospitals world wide. Though there isn’t any corroboration to show its absolute effectiveness, within the absence of

any confirmed drug medical doctors are more and more prescribing it in India creating enormous demand.

US-based Gilead Sciences, which initially developed Remdesivir to deal with Ebola, has allowed 4 Indian firms — Cipla, Jubilant Life, Hetero Drugs and Mylon — to supply it. However, solely Hetero has produced the drug to date.

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