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Anil, a diligent and dedicated officer, is assigned to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), a regulatory body responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products in the country.

Topic: Case Study

7. Anil, a diligent and dedicated officer, is assigned to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), a regulatory body responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products in the country.

Anil’s routine investigation into pharmaceutical companies takes an unexpected turn when he stumbles upon unusual discrepancies related to cough syrup exports. While reviewing export records, he notices that a significant quantity of substandard cough syrup is being shipped to various African nations.

Intrigued by this discovery, Anil delves deeper into the records and discovers a network of companies connected to each other. Some of these companies are seemingly legitimate pharmaceutical manufacturers, while others are intermediaries with obscure ties to shadowy figures.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, Anil decides to conduct an undercover investigation. He adopts a pseudonym and poses as a potential buyer of the substandard cough syrup. Through discreet communication channels, he establishes contact with one of the intermediaries, who offers him a deal at an astonishingly low price.

As Anil continues to interact with the intermediary, he discovers the layers of deception woven into the operation. The intermediary is skilled at providing plausible explanations for the low quality of the cough syrup, ranging from manufacturing issues to packaging errors. Anil realizes that this operation is sophisticated and well-orchestrated.

Anil manages to obtain samples of the substandard cough syrup under the guise of a deal negotiation. He arranges for these samples to be independently tested, and the results confirm his suspicions: the cough syrup is not only substandard but also potentially harmful to consumers.

Armed with concrete evidence, Anil decides to confront the network of companies involved. He presents his findings to his superiors at the CDSCO, but as he digs deeper, he discovers that some individuals within the organization, including his own boss, may be complicit in this illicit operation. This realization raises the stakes, and Anil must tread carefully to avoid tipping off those responsible.

      1. What are the ethical dilemmas faced by Anil?
      2. What course of action should Anil take? Why?
      3. How should he deal with the issue with respect to the involvement of his boss?

Difficulty level: Moderate