Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: The drugs control administration (DCA) raided Torque Pharmaceuticals in Bhubaneswar yesterday for allegedly selling medicines to unlicensed companies in Bhubaneswar.

The raids were conducted after the drugs control administration officials received a complaint against the pharmaceutical company. During the raid, nine samples of medicines were collected and sent for testing. Later, an FIR was lodged against Torque Pharmaceuticals.

"The company was selling its products in the market to unlicensed firms. An FIR has been lodged against the company regarding this," said Drugs Inspector, Dr. Sudarshan Biswal.

DCA has directed the drugs inspectors to keep an eye on such pharmaceutical companies.

Amid concerns over the quality of drugs of the company, Biswal said "Those products have a good amount of steroids in them. Unfortunately consumers purchase it from local market, unaware of its side effects. The steroids in them will initially make you look fair but once you stop it, it will turn your skin black. People should use them only under doctor's supervision."