LAHORE  - Following the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Lahore police raided a pharmaceutical factory in Raiwind and arrested its top administration for supplying substandard, adulterated, and spurious medicines to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Hafizabad.

A police spokesperson said on Sunday that cases were also registered against the accused persons with the Raiwind City and Manga Mandi police stations.

The accused were identified as Managing Director Medicina Pharmaceuticals Riasat Ali Bhatti, Production Manager Zohra Sameen, Nauman Ahmed, and Director Operations Medisearch Pharmaceutical Uneez Ali Nagra.

As per details, syrup Almajax manufacture by Medisearch Pharmaceutical and injection Ofcil prepared by Medicina Pharmaceutical had been supplied to District Headquarters Hospital Hafizabad. After a number of complaints were received about the standard of these medicines, the Punjab Chief Minister took notice of the matter and directed health department authorities to hold an investigation and submit their report to the CM Secretariat. The Drug Testing Laboratory of the health department declared syrup Almajax of Medi Search Pharmaceutical as substandard while coagulated particles could easily be seen in injection Ofcil of Medicina Pharmaceuticals.

In the light of the inquiry report of Health Department, the Chief Minister directed Lahore Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Amin Wains to take immediate action and ensure arrest of the elements involved in the production and sale of substandard medicines since they were playing havoc with the human lives.

DSP City Raiwind accompanied by SHO City Raiwind and Manga Mandi, Drug Inspectors of Allama Iqbal Town and Nishtar Town raided Medicina and Medisearch Pharmaceuticals and sealed the factories while Managing Director Medicina Pharmaceutical Riasat Ali Bhatti, Production Manager Zohra Sameen, Quality Control Manager Nauman Ahmed and Director Operation Medisearch Pharmaceutical Uneez Ali Nagra have been arrested and cases have been registered against them. Further investigations were underway.