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Fake pharma companies busted across Guj, factory in Ahmedabad sealed

A muddammal worth over ₹1.75 cr was seized from a fraudulent factory named M/S Piecan Pharma Pvt Ltd in Ahmedabad’s Changodar

Updated: Feb 17th, 2024

In a pan-Gujarat drive of Food and Drugs Control Administration (FDCA) raids, fake pharmaceutical factories were seized across various locations, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Bhuj, and Idar.

A muddammal worth over ₹1.75 cr was seized from a fraudulent factory named M/S Piecan Pharma Pvt Ltd in Ahmedabad’s Changodar.

The owner of M/S Piecan Pharma, Naresh Dhanwania, used the licence of another company, Medicaman Organics, to produce antibiotics without any authorisation in the factory of Divyesh Jagani, named M/S Pharma Chem. 

A total of ₹1.25 cr of mass mixer, two compression machines, a coating machine, three blister packing machines, two arithmetic-logic unit (ALU) packing machines, an air handling unit (AHU), raw materials, other machinery, and tablets were seized by the FDCA.

Dr HG Koshia, the FDCA commissioner, said that Dhanwania used licence number 88/UA/LL/SC/P-2022 and the address of Haridwar-based Medicaman Organics. The fake medicines from this factory in Ahmedabad were sold across India. For the sake of public health, the factory has now been seized.

Which medicines were manufactured by the fake pharma company?

The investigation led to the seizure of nine medicines, including serratiopeptidase, azithromycin, cefixime dispersible, amoxicillin, and potassium clavulanate.

It was revealed that unauthorised medicines have been sent to around 11 agencies across Gujarat, including Tara Medical Agency in Bhuj, RH Drug House, Naysar Pharma, Usmanpura’s Medicasa Healthcare, and other agencies of the state.

Notably, in a recent joint operation, the Ahmedabad crime branch and the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) seized narcotics and raw materials for production, worth more than ₹500 cr, during multiple raids in different units of a pharma company in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, Maharashtra.

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