Warangal Urban: The task force and Subedari police jointly arrested three persons on 6 May for selling Remdesivir injections illegally to COVID-19 patients at higher rates. The police seized 28 Remdesivir injections and Rs. 20,000 cash from them.
Among those arrested were Bagaji Manohar, a pharmacy assistant in Mandi Bazaar, Kolipaka Kumaraswamy, a pharmacist from Bheemaram, and Aita Ashok, a pharmacy worker from Karimabad.
Warangal police commissioner Tarun Joshi said the accused wanted to cash in on the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. The patients are going to hospitals for treatment and the usage of Remdesivir injection is on the rise.
The trio, who worked at the pharmacies of local hospitals, decided to turn the current unavailability of the injection in their favour and plotted to exploit the public by selling the injections at high prices in the black market.
The Remdesivir injection which can be procured from Hetero Pharma Company for Rs. 2,800 each is sold in retail to the patients for Rs. 3,490. However, the three men were selling it for Rs. 35,000-45,000.
After receiving information, the task force and the Subedari police raided the drug store in the respective hospitals and arrested suspects with 28 Remdesivir injections.