Samples from 'spurious drug haul' found of good quality
Thursday, January 26, 2006 08:00 IST Our Bureau, New Delhi
In a major rebuff to the intelligence operatives of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) and a warning note to the over-sensitive media coverage, all legal as well as specimen samples randomly picked up from one of the much publicized "spurious drug haul" from Delhi have tested to be original drugs manufactured by respective pharma majors of the country. The incidence, the last such event that made prominent appearance in mainline media, occurred in 2003, when, acting on a tip off by IPA, Delhi Crime Branch and Delhi Drugs Control Department conducted a joint raid. The raid resulted in the seizure of Rs 30 lakh worth drugs from Nizamuddin railway station.
As per the IPA information, the "spurious drugs" were on its way from Agra to Delhi. Out of the seized stocks, randomly picked up legal samples of 20 drugs were sent to the government laboratory for testing. Another set of specimen samples was sent to respective companies for verification of the genuineness of the drug. Both the results came, only to prove that not a single drug was sub-standard or spurious. The traders in Bhagirath Place have expressed concern over the false media coverage they were being targeted at after the IPA "exposure". They feel that the associations who were behind tarnishing the image of Bhagirath Place should have taken the lead to rectify the mistake they had committed. Interestingly, the Nizamuddin "Spurious drug" case was another instance of tax evasion, where a trader was involved in shifting original drug stock from one state to another. With the introduction of VAT the possibilities of such economic offences have also turned remote. Delhi drug traders deserve to be looked upon with trust, they said.