Chennai: Wholesale pharmaceutical dealer arrested for exporting medicines to US without license

  • | Wednesday | 16th September, 2020

Chennai Air Custom arrested a pharms dealer for dispatching 3,440 tablets of psychotropic drugs via postal parcel to Florida, USA

The medicine that was being delivered falls under schedules X and H of Drug and Cosmetic Rule, 1945. License is required for exporting medicines that fall under schedule X and H of the drug cosmetic rule these drugs cannot be purchased over the counter without the prescription of qualified doctor.

As per the statement from Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Air Customs ‘’on opening the parcel, 234 strips of Asswize, 10 milligrams of Methylphenidate, milligram of Zolpidem were recovered. As many as 2,340 tablets of Methylphenidate, 600 tablets of Zolpidem and 500 tablets of Clonazepam were recovered from these parcels’’. The drugs are psychotropic substances and covered under the Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 too. A total of 3,440 tablets of psychotropic drugs were seized under the NDPS Act.

Methylphenidate is central nervous system stimulant and used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Zolpidem is a sedative also called hypnotic and is used to treat insomnia. Clonazepam, a type of anti-epileptic drug is used to treat certain seizure disorders.      

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