New Delhi: The circulation of fake drugs in the market is on the rise especially for the past three years. Fake drugs supply seems to have become a common phenomenon. Nearly four years back, the government had announces prize for the whistle blowers who would expose fake drug suppliers. But the move failed to bear any fruit as no none came forward to inform about the malpractice.

While responding to an RTI application, the Health Ministry has said, citing the report of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), about 345 cases of fake drugs supply between the years 2009 and 2012 were reported besides 117 cases in 2009-10, 95 cases in 2010-11 and 133 cases in 2011-12. Samples of 1.37 lakh medicines were examined by CDSCO in last three years. Out of those, 6500 medicines were found to be below standard whereas 345 medicines were found to be fake. The Health Ministry has filed 516 cases against the persons involved in production, distribution and sales of fake medicines.

Samples of 39,248 medicines were examined in 2009-10. Out of this, 1,942 samples were found to be below standard. In 2011-12, 48,042 samples were examined and 2,186 medicines were found to be below standard. The Ministry filed 211 cases in 2011-12 and 141 people were arrested.

The Health Ministry had launched whistle blower scheme in 2009. Only 37 complaints were registered and all of those were found to be counterfeit.


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