Detective and directorate general of drug administration jointly raided different popular drug stores in Uttara on Thursday and found that they were selling counterfeit medicines.
At least 18 were arrested at different drug stores while the drive was continued till 9.00pm when the report was filed.
Detectives at first raided SB Corporation which was selling counterfeit drugs and detained some officials there.
Then, DB and DGDA jointly raided Lazz Pharma and Tamanna Pharmacy in Uttara where they also seized huge fake medicines.
Dhaka Metropolitan Poliee deputy commissioner for Gulshan division Moshiur Rahman said that they were tipped-off that some popular pharmacies in the capital were selling different counterfeit drugs and passing them off as drugs imported from the United States and Canada while charging excessive prices.
He said that the medicines were originally manufactured in Uttara, Fokirerpool, Chawkbazar and Tongi of Gazipur and then were supplied to different drug shops in the capital including Lazz Pharma, Al-Madina Pharma, Tamanna Pharmacy, Islamia Pharma.
He also said that executive magistrate Moshiur would continue to fine drug stores for selling fake drugs and cheating consumers and DB would continue to carry out such drives.
Meanwhile the RAB and the DGDA have carried out another drive on the day in the Mitford Hospital area against fake medicines, medical devices and hand sanitisers.
DGDA assistant director Abdul Malek said that a mobile court has fined Tk 8 lakh to different medicine stores there for selling fake medicines, medical devices and hand sanitisers.
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