UP STF arrests three for selling drugs meant for patients in open market

Uttar PradeshUP STF arrests three for selling drugs meant for patients in open...

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Lucknow: Three persons, selling medicines meant for sale only to the patients admitted to the King George’s Medical University (KGMU), have fallen into the dragnet of the Special Task Force (STF), official sources said on Friday.

Several boxes containing tablets, syrups and injectable medicines were seized from them. One of the sellers was deployed on the KGMU campus, sources said, adding that the medicines worth Rs 2 lakh were taken from the KGMU Hospital Revolving Fund (HRF).

The patients coming to the OPD of the medical university get medicines from the HRF store at up to 60% discount. Such facilities are also provided to the patients admitted to the medical university.

Sources in the STF further said that the arrested people had been made near Nimbu Park in Lucknow, which is 100 meters away from the medical university.

One of the arrested persons, Rajneesh Kumar, a resident of Triveni Nagar in the city, has been working as a pharmacist at the HRF pharmacy for three years. Two others have been identified as Nitin Vajyapee and Priyanshu Mishra. Both are residents of the city.

They revealed that they had obtained medicines with the unique health identification number. After obtaining the medicines, they used to sell them to the genuine patients at the KGMU at higher discount.

Two other members of the gang used to remove the tag – aKGMU HRF – on each strip of tablets and on each strip of bottles. They have been identified as Suraj Mishra and Sugreem Verma.

Besides selling those medicines to the KGMU patients, they sold those medicines at 20% discount to medical stores.

Several employees working at different HRF pharmacies on the KGMU campus were also involved in the illegal sale of medicines, STF sources said. As the fraudsters used to get the medicines with the help of UHID number the stock was properly maintained and nobody had any suspicion about it.

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