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Punjab FDA, CIA joint team recovers large quantity of habit forming drugs

Punjab News Express | August 28, 2019 04:48 PM

CHANDIGARH: A joint operation undertaken by Food and Drugs Administration Punjab(FDA) and CIA teams led to the seizure of huge quantity of formulations prohibited under Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act,1985 from a druggist in Faridkot.

Giving details, KS Pannu Commissioner FDA informed that late evening raid on Tuesday at M/s Friends Medical Agency near Old Bus Stand, District Faridkot led to seizure of 11 types habit forming drugs, mostly Tramadol, Diphenoxylate and  Buprenorphine  and a total of 2555 tablets were from the premises of the Medical Store. The store also stocked 28 types of allopathic drugs without purchase records on Form 16. This unaccounted cache of drugs comprised of 3040 tabs, 62 kits and 70 ampoules amounting to a total of 34,887 drugs.

This seizure warranted further search of the residential premises of the owner of the firm. The raid by the senior officials of both FDA and Police unearthed 33 types of drug formulations prohibited under NDPS Act mostly Tramadol, Buprenorphine, Diphenoxylate, Alprazolam and Clonzepam  stocked in the basement of  the residence of the druggist. A total of 65845 tablets, 119 Injections and 30 syrups, all habit forming ones were recovered.

The police also recovered drug money amounting to approximately 90 lac( 87 lac 59 thousand precisely) from residential premises . Owner of the store/residential premises is in police custody and FIR No.209 dated 27/08/2019 under Section 22/61/85 has been registered by police in Thana City, Faridkot.

Both retail sale and wholesale drugs licenses of M/s Friends Medical Agency Faridkot have been cancelled, with immediate effect, informed Pannu.

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