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Maha FDA Raids Reveal Spurious Abortion Medicines, Kits Being Sold Illegally

Maha FDA Raids Reveal Spurious Abortion Medicines, Kits Being Sold Illegally


Pune, 5 May 2018: It has come to light that Satara and adjoining districts have been flooded with the sales of illegal medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) kits and pills. This shocking revelation emerged soon after a recent crackdown by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pune Region against illegal sales of the MTP aides.

 

Even more surprisingly, it is being stated that these substances were sold to hospitals, doctors, and drug stores, indicating that a solution to this problem may be more difficult to tackle.

FDA officials told Mirror that prima facie, the MTP kits seized look to be spurious, as the company whose name and branding is posted all over the goods has completely denied manufacturing them.

The FDA team — which included officials form Solapur, Pune and Satara — conducted the raid after they were tipped off that a certain individual would be coming at a pre-decided spot to sell MTP kits. An official, who chose to stay unnamed, shared, “We caught him with 16 kits of ‘Gestapro’ and two of Caam. Eight kits of the former have been taken for sample collection and an FIR has been filed with the local crime branch of Satara. Printed on the packaging of the kits is the manufacturer name ‘Synokem Pharmaceuticals Ltd’, which has a unit located in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

 

Satara drug inspector Vijay Nangre said, “An FIR has been filed and the local crime branch of Satara is investigating this case. An individual named Vilas Deshmukh has been detained from Ambarnath in this regard. Another accused, Ajay Sankpal, had taken 40 kits from someone and does not have a license for the same. In the past, Sankpal sold these kits to the Apurva Agency (which licenses for the sale of MTP kits). A further investigation has revealed that this Apurva Agency supplied MTP kits to Howale Hospital in Satara. Further, another person named Vilas Pandurang Deshmukh from Karad has been arrested in the course of the probe.”

 

Adding to this, FDA Pune region (drug) joint commissioner, Vidyadhar Jawdekar, said, “When we contacted the Synokem company, they denied that these medicines belong to them. Now, no one knows from where the MTP kits have come. The sale of MTP has to be legal and goes through a chain from manufacturer to distributer, wholesaler and then retailer. If the manufacturer says the goods don’t belong to them, then this is prima facie a spurious dug. The police will now investigate this matter and visit the company to ascertain the authenticity of its statement.”Pune Mirror