Karachi: 4 indicted in ‘spurious medicine’ cases
KARACHI: The drugs court on Saturday indicted four suspects in as many cases pertaining to the manufacture and sale of unauthorised and spurious drugs. Three suspects — Mohammad Aslam, Kamaia Bai and Ishwar Lal — have been booked for allegedly stocking and exhibiting expired, substandard medicines, government property drugs, physician’s samples and unwarranted drugs for sale while the fourth suspect, Sabeen Usman of the Standard Drugs Company, was accused of manufacturing substandard drugs and selling them under a false warranty.
The chairman of the drugs court, Saathi Ishaq, read out the charges against the suspects, who pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the allegations.
The court summoned all prosecution witnesses directing them to appear in court to record their testimonies on the next hearing.
According to the prosecution, the drug inspectors along with an area magistrate and officials of the Federal Investigation Agency had raided accused Aslam’s warehouse in Karachi in 2005 and a medical store of Kamaia and Ishwar in Mehar in 2009 and seized spurious, expired and unauthorised drugs.
In another such case, a drug inspector raided a medical store in Shah Latif Bhitai Hospital, Hyderabad, in October 2009 and seized samples of a cough syrup and sent it to the drugs testing lab, which declared the same as substandard quality.
The proprietor of the medical store produced the bill warranty of Al-Rab distributors, who produced the bill invoice of the Standard Drug Company, Hyderabad. The same firm was also booked in another case for manufacturing substandard drugs and selling the same under a false warranty.