Watch: Chaos in Hyderabad to buy Remdesivir, 3 arrested for black Marketing

  • | Tuesday | 20th April, 2021

Hundreds of relatives and friends of Covid-19 patients wait in desperation and distress in front of Hetero pharma in Moosapet- the only retail outlet which had restocked Remdesivir almost after a gap of five days.

A massive surge in Covid-19 cases has pushed the demand for Covid-19 medicines to the extreme. On one hand, Remdesivir`s supply has dried up in the entire country, while on the other, black marketing of Remdisivir is taking up pace. In a similar case reported in Hyderabad, the North Zone Task Force here arrested three individuals accused of black marketing generic versions of Remdesivir vials, which are being used as an antiviral drug for Covid-19 patients.

Hyderabad police have seized 12 Remedisvir 100mg injections from the arrested persons Shaki Salim Jaffer (32), Area Business Manager of Hetero Healthcare in Kukatpally and B Venkatesh (27) a resident of Balajinagar, Field Officer of Jeter Healthcare from Pirjadiguda and J Sharan Sai. All three accused and his accomplice Sharan Alkim are employees of the pharmacy. All three were arrested on Monday near Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet.

Due to the state of the epidemic, there is a huge demand for Remadecivir in Hyderabad. It should be noted here that the police said that Jafar and Venkatesh contacted a medical representative, who agreed to sell the drug in the black market to customers and medical shops for Rs 20,000. On Monday, the trio illegally procured 12 Remdisivir vials from Hetero Healthcare and came to Begumpet from where they were caught. They were handed over to the Begumpet police for further action.

On Monday, hundreds of relatives, and friends of Covid-19 patients from different districts, jostled outside Hetero pharma in Moosapet- the only retail outlet which had restocked Remdesivir almost after a gap of five days.


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