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FDA raids bogus Ayurveda practitioner and seizes medicines

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 4:50pm IST | Place: Nashik | Agency: PTI

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials raided an allegedly bogus Ayurveda practitioner in Malegaon and seized medicines worth Rs 5 lakh, official sources said on Friday.

These medicines were being given to cancer patients by the bogus Ayurveda practitioner Vaidya Sureshkumar Chetandas Jethvani, FDA Joint Commissioner Dushyant Bhamre said.

The matter has been referred to the district's bogus doctor examination committee consisting of the collector and top police officials, which would register a case against Jethvani after investigation, he said.

However, the FDA has already registered offences against him separately, under the Food, Medicines and Cosmetics Act, he said.

Allegedly, Jethvani ran his 'Atma Malik Balaji Ayurveda Clinic' for three years and prescribed costly medicines produced outside the state to cancer patients, he said.

FDA's medical inspector AK Thakare went to the clinic posing as a patient and was told that Jethvani treated cancer patients and diabetics, an FDA official said.

Jethvani also took fees from Thakare and dispensed medicines to him without giving proper bills, the official said.

After Jethvani was raided, he failed to produce certificates or proper documents of medicines, the official said. 


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