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Maha FDA lunches crackdown against cos making spurious creams sold under reputed brand names

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a massive crackdown at a factory in Nagpur where spurious cosmetics were manufactured and were allegedly sold in packs of reputed brands like Pantene and Loreal to gullible customers.

Maha FDA alongwith Nagpur police have arrested four people in this connection. The matter is however under investigation to assess the quantum of the crime and violation as the manufacturer might be selling it to other states in the country, according to a senior FDA official.

The cosmetics were being sold to parlours, salons and spas and even in slum areas of Nagpur, the official added.

The owner has been booked under Section 27(a) (1) and Section 17 D (d) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The penalty may range from imprisonment of 3 years with a fine of not less than Rs. 50, 000. FDA will assist the police in the future course of investigation.

FDA had last year made a massive crackdown against manufacturers of steroid-laden skin creams for making false claims of making a person fair in contravention to the labeling conditions of the Drug Rules.

Being advertised and sold in the brand names - ClearSkin, SuperGlow and Skinbrite, these creams were being sold as OTC drugs and have ingredients like hydroquinone, tretinoin and mometasone furoate which are actually meant to treat skin disorders based on a doctor’s supervision.

The products are supposed to be positioned as a drug which requires a prescription for its use as indicated clinically and not to be sold or to be used as a cosmetic under the provisions of the law.  

Mometasone is a potent steroid that can cause acneiform eruption on the face, unwanted hair growth, rosacea (pustular lesions), perioral dermatitis (facial rash) and fixed redness.

According to officials, drugs positioned as fairness creams through companies' advertisements have misled the public with false claims on enhancing skin complexion and treatment, a practice that is prohibited, and the use of which could aggravate skin problems.

State regulator had earlier seized such steroid-laden creams from different locations in the state and detected two such cases in the past of products UB Fair for men and No Scars cream for women containing steroids like fluocinolon acetonid and mometasone along with skin bleaching agents.


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