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Smuggling of anti cancer drug in India worth Rs 1.23 crore, Chinese arrested at airport


Smuggling of anti cancer drug in India worth Rs 1.23 crore, Chinese arrested at airport

Schedule H drugs are prescription drugs in India appearing as an appendix to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 introduced in 1945. These are drugs which cannot be purchased over the counter without the prescription of a qualified doctor.

NEW DELHI: In a major crackdown, the customs officials have arrested a Chinese man at the Delhi airport for allegedly trying to smuggle out anti-cancer medicine worth Rs 1.23 crore, according to an official statement issued on Tuesday. The accused was intercepted when he was proceeding to depart to Kunming in China on Sunday.

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“A detailed examination of hand baggage and check-in bags of the passenger resulted in the recovery of schedule H medicines valued at Rs 1.23 crore,” the customs department said in the statement.

Schedule H is a part of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 has 25 Schedules, Schedule H is one among them. Schedule H is a class of prescription drugs in India appearing as an appendix to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 introduced in 1945. These are drugs which cannot be purchased over the counter without the prescription of a qualified doctor.

The drugs were kept in the four check-in bags of the passenger, it said. Official sources said the medicine was meant for cancer treatment.

The Chinese man has been arrested and the drugs were seized.

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In 2017, the ministry of Health and Family Welfare had amended the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, in Schedule H by adding the following entries after the serial number 537 namely,- 538. Alclometasone, 539. Beclomethasone, 540. Betamethasone, 541. Desonide, 542. Desoximetasone, 543. Dexamethasone, 544. Diflorasone diacetate, 545. Fluocinonide, 546. Fluocinolone acetonide, 547. Halobetasol propionate, 548. Halometasone, 549. Methylprednisone, 550. Prednicarbate, 551. Triamcinolone acetonide”
Medical Dialogues had recently reported that the government has brought 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control, capping trade margin at 30 per cent, which would reduce their retail prices by up to 85 per cent. These would cover 72 formulations and 355 brands as per data available with NPPA.



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