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Counterfeit vaccines produced in Keraniganj

  • 400,000 adulterated vaccines recovered
  • Fake medicines and vaccines used to be sold at higher profit

 

Update : 08 Apr 2024, 09:10 PM

A team of Detective Branch (DB) has arrested four members of a gang from the capital for manufacturing fake vaccines in the name of different local and foreign companies and selling them in pharmacies.

These vaccines were made in Keraniganj of the capital.

Detective Branch (DB) chief Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid said these things in a press conference at the DB office on Mintu Road on Monday afternoon.

The arrestees are- Md Anwar Hossain, 44, Asim Ghosh, 46, Md Moshiur Rahman alias Mithu, 38 and Nur Nabi.

During this time, 400,000 adulterated vaccines were recovered.

"Recently, a large gang was arrested with fake medicines worth around Tk2 crore during the operation of the DB Police. They used to make the fake medicines in Comilla and Savar and supply them all over the country. In the meantime, we have received news that their associates are collecting the raw materials of medicines from Mitford and making and marketing different injections of local and foreign companies,”said the DB chief.

He said: "Later, four people of the ring were arrested. The gang used to make hepatitis B vaccine with tetanus, vitamin B3 with atropine and clopixol with Indian diazepam ampoules.”

He said: “They used to sell these fake medicines at a higher profit.”

“Rosogam P, administered to pregnant women, was formulated with atropine which price is only Tk10. On the other hand, each Rosogam used to sell in the market for Tk4,500. In this way, the gang was embezzling crores of money by spreading various medicines in the market,” said Harun.

As these fake medicines were not effective, the common people did not get any services, rather they faced losses in various ways. They used to package these medicines in such a way that common people have no way of knowing which one is real and which one is fake, added the DB chief. 

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