Remdesivir, which is a crucial medicine in the treatment of coronavirus was facing shortage amidst the rise of coronavirus in Maharashtra. On Thursday night, Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested two people in possession of 284 Remdesivir injections. These lifesaving injections of Remdesivir were sold in the black market for Rs 5,000-6,000 per unit.
The Crime Branch, after getting informed of black marketing after man trying to sell the anti-viral drug in the black market had laid a trap to catch the offender. This had led to seize of illegal possession of the drugs. Since, Remdesivir injections do not need to be stored in refrigerated spaces, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has decided to inform the court without further delay and distribute the seized injections to hospitals in the city where they could potentially save lives.
Mumbai Police is also probing how black-marketers were able to procure Remdesivir injections which are in short supply.
The Maharashtra government capped the price of Remdesivir between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,400 per vial and warned against its hoarding and black marketing.
In a meeting with pharmaceutical companies marketing Remdesivir, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had asked them to contain the illegal sale of the life-saving drug in the black market.