Bid to smuggle Covid medicine to Iraq, Three held

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, July 28

The Gurugram drug management division has busted a drug-smuggling cartel that not simply hoarded Covid remedy medicines, however was to smuggle these to Iraq in an upcoming Vande Bharat flight.

Three foreigners, together with two Iraqi males and an Uzbek girl, all working as translators, have been nabbed from Sector 47 together with Remdesivir (48 vials), Fabiflu (55 strips) and Lopikast (18 packs) medicine.

Remdesivir prices Rs 5,400 per vial right here and is reportedly offered for round Rs 1 lakh in Iraq. Similarly, Fabiflu strip is priced Rs 2,500 in India and sells for Rs 8,000 in Iraq. Lopikast vial prices Rs 3,990 right here and goes for round Rs 15,000 in Iraq. The seizure has additionally introduced the metropolis’s Covid hospitals beneath scanner as medicine like Remdesivir are instantly supplied to hospitals by the manufacturing firm after verifying affected person particulars. The native drug division too is supplied with a daily-dispensing report of those medicine. The police are probing whether or not any hospital helped the accused in procuring the medicine.

“We got a tip-off and busted the racket. The accused procured the drugs at MRP from Gurugram and wanted to send these to Iraq,” stated Gurugram Drug Controller Amandeep Chauhan.

Sources stated the cartel had by some means procured the traveller listing of the forthcoming flight schedule for Iraq and deliberate to ship the medicines in small batches with Iraqi nationals.

State Drug Controller Narender Ahuja stated all district departments have been on alert over black-marketing makes an attempt of Covid medicine in Haryana. “We have arranged direct company-to-hospital supply chains to stop black-marketing. Errants would face the music,” he stated.

Remdesivir sells for Rs 1L

  • Two Iraqi males & an Uzbek girl tried to money in on Covid drug disaster in Iraq
  • Remdesivir prices Rs5,400 per vial in India, whereas it sells for round Rs1 lakh in Iraq
  • Similarly, Fabiflu strip and Lopikast vial price Rs2,500 and Rs3,990 right here and fetch Rs 8,000 and Rs15,000 in Iraq

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