The Mumbai police seized 2,200 vials of Remdesivir injection from the premises of two exporters located in Andheri and New Marine Lines area on Monday. Remdesivir is used to treat serious Covid-19 patients and has been in short supply in Maharashtra, leading to a political tug of war between the state and the Centre.
The Central government last week banned Remdesivir’s export till the time the domestic situation improves.
Deputy Commissioner of police (operation) Chaitanya Siriprolu said that teams from Mumbai Police and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) jointly raided two locations in the city on Monday after learning that certain exporters were hiding stocks of the crucial drug despite a direction by the government to declare their stocks for domestic use.
At least 2,000 vials of the injection were recovered at one exporter’s location in Marol, Andheri East, which belongs to a pharmaceutical company. These 2,000 vials were taken into possession by FDA for use/distribution in hospitals, he said.
Another 200 vials of Remdesivir were recovered at another exporter’s location in the New Marine Lines area. These too were taken into possession by the FDA.
“These 2,200 Remdesivir vials were produced for export but were kept stocked by the exporters as there is a ban on the export of Remdesivir. FDA officials are following due procedure to make these vials available to hospitals,” said Siriprolu, a spokesperson for the Mumbai Police.