Delhi IPS Officer Warns Against Fake Remdesivir Injection Called ‘Covipri’

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The second wave of coronavirus has changed the overall scenario all across the nation. As per the recent studies, when a person is admitted for COVID-19, they are being treated with a drug called “Remdesivir”. In recent times the demand for this particular injection has seen a surge since many people find it difficult to get their hands on it. Amid when people are searching for a remedy to restore their lives, there have been instances where miscreants have attempted to cheat people by selling fake “Remdesivir” for a huge price. Taking this into the account, the Delhi Police busted a racket that was involved in this activity.

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Taking this matter to Twitter, Delhi Police personnel Monika Bharadwaj shared pictures of a fake Remdesivir injection box. Considering the power of social media posts, she urged citizens to be aware of the fake injection which is being sold by a brand named ‘COVIPRI’. She clearly stated that the racket involved in the supply of this fake Remdesivir injection has been arrested, but there are chances that some of these might still be in the market.

Just after this post went viral several users who reacted to the post shared photos of Remdesivir injections that they had got and asked her to verify if they were original or not. Incidents also raised where a person shared a list of official and authorised names of companies that are producing the drug in India.

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In the meantime, the Delhi Crime Branch on May 1 caught the racket and arrested Manish Goyal, Pushkar Chanderkant Pakhale, Sadhna Sharma, Vatan Kumar Saini, Mohd. Shoiab Khan, Mohan Kumar Jha, and Aditya Gautam were associated with producing fake Remdesivir. As per the reports, these seven people were running the manufacturing unit in Kothdwar, Uttarakhand. The reports published by ANI states that the police have also collected 3000 empty vials, one batch coding machine, one packing machine, and 198 vials of fake Remdesivir injections. This group used to sell the fake injection for a sum of Rs 25,000 – Rs 40,000.