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Friday Jan 18 2019
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DRAP recovers counterfeit medicines worth millions in Karachi raid

Counterfeit medicines were found hidden in biscuit cartons, says Sindh chief drug inspector. Photo: Author

KARACHI: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and the Provincial Drug Control Unit Sindh on Friday recovered counterfeit medicines worth millions of rupees during a raid in the metropolis' Landhi area.

Speaking to Geo News, Sindh Chief Drug Inspector Adnan Rizvi said, "Counterfeit medicines were found hidden in biscuit cartons in Karachi’s Landhi area."

“The recovered unregistered and counterfeit medicines include syrups, capsules, lotions and injections,” the officer said. “Drugs are imported illegally from India as well,” he added.

Rizvi further said that an investigation is under way and a first information report (FIR) has been lodged.

According to health experts, Pakistan is among countries where counterfeit and unregistered medicines are being sold for several years. "Authorities such as DRAP and provincial drug authorities need to take action against culprits who are playing with peoples lives," the experts added. 

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