A group of five people, found to be recycling vials of the antiviral drug Remdesivir with a saline solution mixed with paracetamol and selling them to COVID-19 patients, were arrested by the Mysuru police on Tuesday.
Mysuru Police Commissioner Chandragupta said that they have started a massive undertaking to trace at least 900 patients who bought the recycled doses of remdesivir in the last six months.
"We started probing the issue and we landed upon a case in which a staff nurse was masterminding a racket. Original remdesivir bottles were being recycled with some other antibiotic and saline that looked alike. This was marketed and sold and we have arrested the nurse," Mysuru Police Commissioner Chandragupta said. Investigating police recovered over 40 remdesivir injections and Rs 2.82 lakh in cash.
"We are finding out the ramifications of this racket and where all it has been supplied," he added. The police said that they came across the racket recently, while investigating cases of people selling remdesivir illegally.
The drug, which costs between Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 was being sold for upto Rs 20,000 by people who hoarded the drug.