Nagpur: The food and drugs administration (FDA) seized around 21,600 Ciprofloxacin 500mg tablets from the medicine store under Nagpur civil surgeon at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) here recently. The FDA acted after samples sent for testing found the antibiotic ‘substandard’ without the trace of the key composition.

These antibiotic tablets, meant for treating bacterial infections ranging from urinary tract infection to pneumonia, were distributed in 2022 and 2023 in government hospitals across the district. Sources express apprehensions that the medicine was supplied to hundreds of patients before tests proved these as substandard.

These antibiotic tablets, meant for treating bacterial infections ranging from urinary tract infection to
pneumonia, were distributed in 2022 and 2023 in government hospitals across the district. Sources express
apprehensions that the medicine was supplied to hundreds of patients before tests proved these as fake.

During its routine sample testing exercise, the FDA collected the drug samples from Kalmeshwar rural hospital in February 2023 under the supervision of drugs inspector Nitin Bhandarkar and later sent them to the government laboratory at Mumbai for testing.

What’s more shocking is that the laboratory findings were made available to FDA nearly nine months in November 2023.