Release Remdesivir seized by police for use by hospitals, HC tells AAP govt


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the revenue department of AAP government to issue orders for release of Remdesivir, used in COVID-19 treatment, as soon as they are seized by the police from hoarders and black marketeers.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli issued the direction to ensure that the seized medicine does not remain as case property, does not lose its effectiveness and can be administered to patients in need.

The court said once a seizure was made, the Investigating Officer (IO) shall immediately inform the DC about the same.

The IO shall also ascertain that the seized medicines are genuine and ensure they are kept in a refrigerated environment to maintain their effectiveness till they are released to a hospital or a COVID health centre, the bench said.

Similar direction was issued by the court with regard to use of oxygen cylinders seized by the police during raids.

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