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Rashmi Ranjan

Two persons surrendered on Monday before Purighat police in connection with their alleged involvement in illegal sale of spurious blood pressure medicine Telma 40. 

According to source, the Drug Inspector had filed a complaint in this regard following which police formed a special team to get into the root of the illegal drug trade. Earlier, police had also taken action against two distributors. 

Meanwhile, police also raided godowns of two stockists and scrapped the membership of Puja Enterprisers and VR Agencies owned by them as part of measures to curb illegal drug trade. Police also conducted raids at different drugstores in the twin cities Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.  

Earlier on 8 September, a team of Drugs Control administration conducted raids on the premises of two medicine stockists in Manighosh Bazaar area under Purighat police limits for allegedly selling duplicate medicines. 

It may be mentioned that the Directorate of Drugs Control conducted raids after a consumer brought up this allegation. Taking a tough stand against the drug sellers, the concerned authorities issued directions to call back the medicines supplied from the stockists to the wholesalers and retailers. The officials have also seized the stock of Telma 40 medicines from the drugstores. These medicines are prescribed for patients suffering from blood pressure.

Ever since the reports of fake drugs circulated, it has streamed a panic among consumers. While consumers say they just take a look at the expiry date of the drugs which in no way will help identify the fake drugs, retail medicine store owners only check the stockist label and date before procuring.

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