Three pharmacy operators held for selling fake life-saving drugs

BIRATNAGAR: Morang police on Sunday carried out mid-night raids on five pharmacies and arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in selling fake life-saving drugs in Biratnagar.

Police seized as many as 66 various counterfeit medications administered to patients undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit and Ventilator.

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested a medical representative Jeevan Agarwal and raided various medical stores where he supplied fake life-saving medicines and unauthorised drugs.

Morang District Police Office Spokesperson Ghan Shyam Shrestha said Jeevan Agrawal of Siliguri in India, Deepak Kumar Raya, operator of Max International Pharmacy of Manas Hospital, and Roshan Kumar Chaudhary, operator of Birat Pharmacy of Birat Medical College were arrested.

Police also carried out raids in Life Support Pharmacy of Neuro Hospital, Golden Pharmacy run by Golden Hospital and pharmacy operated by Birat Nursing Home in the metropolis.

"We are preparing to send the arrestees along with the seized six thousand cache of medicines to the Department of Drug Administration for further investigation and action," Shrestha added.

Likewise, police on suspicions have arrested two more pharmacy operators for further investigation.