Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fake Versions of Pfizer, Glaxo, J & J, Proctor & Gamble and Wyeth Products Seized in India

Yesterday, police in Ghazaiabad, India shut down a counterfeiting ring and seized fake medicines worth at least Rs. 5 million (over $100K USD) in the raid.

The company raided was registered as Avadh Pharma and is accused of manufacturing counterfeit versions of prestigious band name medicines including: Corex made by Pfizer, Iodex made by Glaxo, Benadryl of Johnson & Johnson, Vicks vaporub made by Proctor & Gamble and Anne French hair remover made by Wyeth. Following up on a tip they received, police raided the site where they recovered 50 cartons of packaged counterfeit finished product as well as an ample supply of packing materials and equipment.

The police also recovered stationery material of the firm, mentioning its name as Avadh Pharma with UP Trade Tax registration number 0073219360 as well as fake seals of different prestigious companies.

The arrested workers were identified as Raju Chaudhary, Rudal Singh, Lal Bhai and Mukesh Sahni. They confessed that they were working for Vinod Bhardwaj, who has fleed, the official stated.

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