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Heard of Tradol and Tindol? They are versions of painkiller drugs, generic names of the originals. They might also be fake.

Four suspects have been arrested for allegedly producing and selling the fake painkillers after police and officials from the Food and Drug Administration Office (FDA) raided a factory in Bangkok.

FDA officials and police from the Taskforce for Information Technology Crime Suppression raided HK Pharmaceutical Co and HK Medicine Co on Chak Phra Road, Taling Chan, and seized chemicals and several items for making fake Tramadol painkiller.

The fake drug was labelled as Tindol and Tradol.

44 year old Papawin Nithimethawin, the owner of the factory, his wife 40 year old Tipasiri Jaturongsamrin, and two employees were arrested.

One of the employees was identified as Thiansin Sakwatcharaprakorn, the main salesman of the fake drugs. The other arrested employee was Thiansin’s son, 23 year old Thanpong Sakwatcharapakorn.

FDA secretary general Tharet Kratnairawiwong said Tramadol is a controlled drug and each drug store can have no more than 1,000 Tramadol pills at a time, and each buyer can purchase no more than 20 pills at a time.

Tharet said the factory made the Tradol and Tindol drug in violation of the Tramadol copyright and without receiving a licence from the FDA.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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