Five held in Bengaluru for black marketing of Remdesivir

Bengaluru, May 9 (IANS): In two separate incidents, Bengaluru police have arrested five persons for selling Remdesivir injections at eight to 10 times more than the prescribed rates of the antiviral drug, the police said on Saturday.

Bengaluru North division police arrested these five persons in two separate incidents. In the first case, four persons were arrested from the Mahalakshmi Layout police limits, while another person was arrested from the Sriramapura police limits.

The police identified the accused persons as Shivakumar, 32, a bank manager in the cooperative sector; Darshan, 29, a medical representative; Girish, 30, a lab technician, and Nagesh, 43, a vegetable vendor.

The fifth arrested person has been identified as Nayaz Ahmed, 30, an employee with an online pharma delivery company.

The police said that all these accused persons were selling the drug for as high as Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 per vial.

The accused bank manger used the gullible vegetable vendor to sell these vials by making the purchasers believe that he was in possession of them as one of his relatives died of Covid recently and the family was in possession of these medicines and all he wanted was to sell them at a price at which he had reportedly purchased them.

"The lab technician working in a hospital used to send customers to him," the police said.

In the Srirampuram case, the medicine delivery boy had purchased vials MRP from a commissioning agent stating that he wanted the medicine to treat his brother.

In Karnataka, the price of Remdesivir ranges between Rs 899 and Rs 5,400 per vial. According to the available statistics, the retail price (MRP) for per vial for various brands of Remdesivir is Rs 5,400 for Hetero company, Rs 4,700 for Mylan, Rs 4,700 for Jubliant, Rs 5,400 for Reddy's, Rs 4,000 for Cipla and Rs 899 for Zydus.




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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Just imagine if the names were of Some abrahamic origin . Please put these people behind prison and mete tough penalty if proven guilty

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, May 09 2021

    My first question is how come this medical products out of the hand of Pharmacy?Here we never get it except medical personal .Whatever it is everything is black in India and hoarded ,sold to higher prices as allowed .Put all of them in a covid station ,without oxygen for a month and suffer there,or in jail for ten years.No mercy.dont allow them out finished.Playing with sick people.otherwise they dont learn.second announce this medicine is not any more allowed and is not useful .Prohibition on this and see how much medicine will be coming out within short period.

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Make them cremate dead bodies as punishment for the rest of their lives so they realise the value of human life.

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  • Hegde, Bangalore

    Sun, May 09 2021

    WHO has strongly advised against usage of Remdesivir for COVID + other experts .. Questions which arise .. Why pharma companies mfr this Why shortage when usage should be limited .. Black marketing is a demand / supply issue and only if there are shortages... So DOCTORS / pharma companies / vested interests / govt Not putting out information to public ...

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Sun, May 09 2021

    SCAM FREE!!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Even AIIMS does not use this drug as a routine coz it is found to be ineffective, except for a few specific cases! In the mean time, DRDO has developed one drug which has been approved by DCI: New Delhi : A drug to treat coronavirus patients, developed by the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), has been approved for emergency use by the country's top drugs controller as India battles the second wave of the pandemic that is killing thousands every day. The drug comes in powder form in a sachet and is taken orally by dissolving it in water. A DRDO lab and Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories developed the anti-Covid therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG).

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Open black marketing of life saving drugs & equipment is on since long; how it's possible without the collusion of some influential rogues?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 09 2021

    10 Years ...

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, May 09 2021

    For all those who still do not know all countries have stopped remedesvir as treatment for covid as at best it has been found to only reduce hospital stay by a few days only in mild cases and even that is disputed. The best treatment is oxygen at high pressure as antivirals like remedesvir don't work at all on new variants.

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