Three arrested in Thane for black-marketing black fungus medicine

For allegedly black marketing a key drug used in the treatment of mucormycosis, popularly known as black fungus infection, three people have been arrested in Thane according to an official on Sunday. On Saturday a trap was laid by the police, acting on a tip-off, and initially, two persons were caught who had come to sell the medicine in black, as said by Pankaj Shirsat, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Vartak Division.

14 injections of Liposomal Amphotericin B worth ₹1,09,424 were recovered after two persons hailing from Vasai in Palghar district and Panvel in neighbouring Navi Mumbai were arrested near Kapurbawdi Naka in Thane, he added.

The vials were procured from a man from Boisar in Palghar, as said by the two arrested to the police during questioning. Later, the third accused was also arrested by the police, as said by the official.

Under relevant provisions, a case was registered against the accused and are remanded in police custody till 23rd June as said by the police. Mucormycosis, popularly known as the Black fungus is a fungal infection that leads to prolonged morbidity and even mortality among COVID-19 patients. Amid the rising number of cases of the infection, the Jharkhand government has recently declared black fungus as an epidemic.

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