A 22-year-old-man was caught with 12 vials of Remdesivir, a key medicine in the treatment of coronavirus in Mumbai, police said on Friday.
The man, Sarfaraz Hussain was caught by the Crime Branch with the injections at Andheri (East) on Thursday evening, said an official.
According to the official, the Crime Branch laid a trap after getting information a but the man trying to sell the anti-viral drug in the black market.
During a search, the Crime Branch found at least 12 vials of Remdesivir in his possession, he said, adding it was not yet known whom he was going to deliver the injections which were seized.
With Maharashtra seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, Remdesivir injections are in high demand in the state.
The Maharashtra government on Thursday fixed the price of Remdesivir between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,400 per container and warned against its hoarding and black marketing.
However, the government on Wednesday announced that all seven manufacturers of Remdesivir in the country have been asked to ramp up production to full capacity by next week.
This announcement came after the direction against reports of shortages of critical drug.
Remdesivir is considered a key antiviral drug in the fight against Coronavirus, especially in adult patients with severe complications and co-morbidities.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers said, “There are seven players who produce Remdesivir. I have asked all players to ramp up production to full capacity by next week. The drug’s API is manufactured in India so there won’t be a problem.”