A 22-year-old Thane dancer died just hours after consuming a banned weight-loss drug, bringing home the dangers posed by over-the-counter weight-loss drugs and prompting a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into their unavailability. regulated online. .
Meghna Devgadkar took
Doctors said Meghna was plagued by hyperthermia – a condition in which the patient’s body temperature is elevated beyond normal due to failure
A case of accidental death was registered at the Naupada police station and a report was sent to the FDA.
Dr Rajesh Dere, head of the forensic department, told Mirror: “Viscera and blood samples have been sent for chemical analysis reports which will take a few weeks to arrive. During this time, we have notified the FDA and Naupada cops to further investigate how Meghna could access a banned drug.”
According to information available online, dinitrophenol is a
Investigators will now try to find out how Meghna was able to access a banned drug. While she herself told doctors at Lifeline Hospital that she took dinitrophenol, there is no information yet on how she got hold of it. On Saturday, a team of police from Naupada went to the gymnasium Meghna worked with and questioned some of its employees.
Bhavesh Devgadkar, Meghna’s older brother, said his death had traumatized the family. “She left in less than 15 hours. She was very fit and had joined the gym just two months ago as a trainer. I want to know who gave him the drug and why a banned drug is available in the market? ” He asked.
FDA Commissioner Pallavi Darade admitted that the availability of banned drugs online is a big concern. “Often these drugs are sold online under another name. We have taken action against 62 portals for the sale and promotion of banned drugs. The FDA will coordinate with the police to find out how Meghna gained access to dinitrophenol,” she said.
Naupada Police Station Senior Inspector Anil Mangale said his team was working on some leads. “His full autopsy report is awaited,” he said.