DCA officials seize stocks of banned drug ‘Etolar-P Tablets’ in Telangana

The drug banned by the government in 2018, was detected during special raids conducted by the DCA officials on Wednesday, 13 March.

BySumit Jha

Published Mar 14, 2024 | 7:00 AMUpdatedMar 14, 2024 | 8:13 AM

Banned drug-Etolar-P tablets

The Drugs Control Administration (DCA) of Telangana cracked down on the illegal circulation of banned drug ‘Etolar-P Tablets’ (Etodolac & Paracetamol Tablets) in Karimnagar.

The banned medicine, detected during special raids conducted by the DCA officials on Wednesday, 13 March, was illegally manufactured by a Punjab-based firm Dr. Edwin Medilabs Pvt. Ltd. and marketed by Surewin Healthcare in Haryana.

The drug combination, ‘Etolar-P Tablets’ (Etodolac & Paracetamol Tablets), its manufacture, sale and distribution for human use, was prohibited by the government on 7 September, 2018, due to potential health risks and lack of therapeutic justification.

Despite the ban, the drug was detected by DCA at Srihith Medical Agencies, Seetharampur, Karimnagar, alarming the authorities.

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Raid by DCA officials

The medicine was manufactured by Dr Edwin Medilabs Pvt Ltd, located at Plot No: B-29, Industrial Area, Murali, SAS Nagar, Punjab and is marketed by Surewin Healthcare, HSIIDC, Panchkula in Haryana.

The raid conducted by DCA officials, including M Srinivasulu, Assistant Director, Karimnagar and P Karthik Bharadwaj, Drugs Inspector, Karimnagar, led to the seizure of the illicit stocks.

Further investigation is being carried out and action will taken against all the offenders, the officials said.

The manufacturing and sale of prohibited drugs (banned drugs), is a grave offence.

To address this issue, the authorities said that they would intensify surprise checks to detect the circulation of banned drugs in the market. Stringent action will be taken against violators.

The officials also urged the public to report any illegal activities regarding medicines to the toll-free number provided by the DCA.

The toll-free number 1800-599-6969 is operational from 10:30 am to 5 pm on all working days.

(Compiled and edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)