In Moscow, the activities of a criminal group that were involved in the sale of counterfeit drugs for the treatment of cancer, HIV, tuberculosis and coronavirus were stopped. About it writes Kommersant citing sources.
Law enforcement agencies received information that the capital’s pharmacies began selling expensive drugs of “dubious origin and quality.” Their documents turned out to be falsified. The security officials were also told that another one-time purchase of the medicine is planned in the near future. It was about the packages of the drug “Actemra” for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and severe forms of COVID-19. The transaction amount was over 180 thousand rubles.
The police eventually detained the seller while handing over the packages of medicine in the building of the Kursk railway station. Ii turned out to be a courier of one of the drugstore chains. According to the newspaper, the security forces searched a pharmacy on Smolnaya Street (the name has not been specified). They found an illegal warehouse with drugs from the list of vital drugs (VED): Avastin, Rastan, Kitruda, Tsiramza, Perieta, Acellbia, Tasigna. The cost of drugs was estimated at more than 8.2 million rubles.
Barcodes, series and other data on the packages may be fake, they also lacked markings, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said. Law enforcers turned to drug manufacturers, where they were confirmed that they did not produce these packages. Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the sale of goods that do not meet the requirements security (Article 238.1 of the Criminal Code). The department checks whether these drugs were used in medical institutions and whether they could cause harm to health.