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Odisha Chief Minister ordered a Crime Branch probe into the rampant trading of counterfeit drugs

Bhubaneswar14/6/21:: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the rampant trading of counterfeit drugs in the state.

The Chief Minister’s directive came following the seizure of nine counterfeit drugs in Cuttack city on June 11.

The Drug Control officials during a raid on a medicine wholesale godown at Kanika Chhak in Tulasipur area in Cuttack city on June 11 had seized several cartons of counterfeit medicines estimated at Rs 70 lakh including 17,000 fake Favipiravir tablets. The next day, the officials had raided a medicine wholesale counter at Malha Sahi in Mangalabag area of the city and seized five counterfeit medicines, including some medicines manufactured by Max Relief Healthcare Ltd at Solan in Himachal Pradesh and some manufactured by the Medilloyd Medicament Pvt Ltd.

Following the seizure, the Directorate of Drug Controller had provided a detailed list of the number of fake medicines supplied by the medicine wholesale godown at Kanika Chhak to the district drug inspectors.

Acting on the information, raids were conducted on several medicine outlets and godowns in Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, and Rourkela.

It may be mentioned that the state government had received a tip-off from the Food and Drug Administration, Maharashtra that spurious Favipiravir tablets (Favimax-400), allegedly manufactured by one Max Relief Health Care, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, had allegedly been purchased by a Cuttack-based pharmaceutical wholesaler.

It was also stated that Max Relief Health Care was reportedly a non-existent drug manufacturer. A raid was recently conducted on the premises of Medilloyd Medicament Private Limited, Cuttack that had purchased the drugs.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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