Mumbai, Apr 30 (ILNS): Taking suo motu cognisance of a news report on the black-marketing of life-saving drugs, including Remdesivir, the Bombay High Court directed the Maharastra police to lodge criminal cases against such persons.
Taking suo moto cognizance of the media report that said that the drug including Remdesivir, used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients is being black-marketed.
The Nagpur Division Bench of Justices ZA Haq and Amit B Borkar observed that the newspaper report say that due to rise in the demand of Remdesivir injections, many persons related to hospitals were indulging in black-marketing of life-saving drugs.
The cases were registered on the basis of a report published on April 28 in daily Hitavada (Cityline). The daily had published a news item of the arrest of 32 persons, including a Doctor, for black-marketing of Remdesivir injections. The case will be heard on May 4.
The second wave of COVID-19 was worsening day-by-day in the country and also in Vidarbha region. The situation appeared to be worst in Nagpur District.
“Due to the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases, neither the manufacturers of the medicines, nor the authorities entrusted with the work of distribution of medicines, were prepared for such a situation, resulting into unscrupulous people taking advantage of the same.
The demand supply ratio of Remdesivir injection, which is a life-saving drug, is exponentially inverse. Due to the huge demand and lack of supply of Remdesivir injections, people in urgent need and in particular the lower strata of society, are unable to get it at market price,” the Court said.
“Though the government and concerned authorities are taking steps to procure Remdesivir Injections, it appears that the situation is worsening day-by-day. The concerned authorities are trying their best to regulate the supply of the medicine by issuing policy directives to make available Remdesivir Injections,” the Court observed. ILNS/SS/SJ/RJ/SNG