Identify Fake Remdesivir Through IPS Officer’s 9-point Tutor
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The Delhi Police arrested at least four persons for alleged black marketing of Remdesivir, an injection prescribed for Covid-19 patients with severe illness. The drug is reported to be out of stock at several hospitals and is being sold at highly inflated prices on the black market.

Taking advantage of the short supply of Remdesivir, some people were found to be selling fake Remdesivir. Police have arrested some people in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for selling fake Remdesivir injections.

IPS officer Monika Bhardwaj, DCP of the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police, has posted tweets for educational purposes detailing how to differentiate genuine Remdesivir from a fake vial.

Monika Bhardwaj points out nine 'errors' present on the package of the fake version of Remdesivir injection that can help differentiate it from the genuine jab.

1. Fake Remdesivir packages do not have “Rx” written on it just before the name of the injection.

2. A capitalisation error in the third line written on the package. The genuine package reads as “100 mg/Vial” while the fake one has “100 mg/vial” written on it.

3. There is alignment error in the brand name of the product. Note the gap on the package of fake and genuine Remdesivir injections. The fake vial has an increased gap.

4. There is another capitalisation error below the brand name in “Vial/vial” on the fake package.

5. One more capitalisation error is found at the bottom of the front side of the fake Remdesivir package. “For use in” written on the genuine package becomes “for use in” on the fake drug package.

6. On the back of the box, the “Warning” label is in red on the genuine package. The fake one has a black warning label.

7. Just below the warning label, key information “Covifir [brand name] is manufactured under the licence from Gilead Sciences, Inc” is missing on the fake injection package.

8. There is a capitalisation error in the text identifying the drug-maker, Hetero Labs. The fake Remdesivir package reads India as “india”.

9. There is a spelling error in the full address on the package containing the fake Remdesivir injection. It spells Telangana as “Telagana”.

These are simple checks to identify a fake Remdesivir injection from the genuine one. Pointing out these differentiators, Monika Bhardwaj wrote on Twitter: “The tweet is for educational purposes. No such complaints received yet.”

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