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What’s The Truth Behind Viral Video Allegedly Showing ‘Medicine Jihad’?

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim
Nails hidden inside capsules manufactured in India.

Fact
The videos contains two separate videos edited together, one showing the capsules manufactured in Pakistan and another showing nails in the capsules, possibly shot in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A 35 seconds long video, showing a person opening up a capsule to reveal nails hidden inside, has recently gone viral on social media with several media users claiming it to be evidence of “medicine jihad” in India.

The archived version of the tweets can be seen here and here.

We have received this claim on our Whatsapp tipline (9999499044), too, requesting it to be fact-checked.

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Fact Check/Verification

Newschecker noticed that the video seemed to be a combination of two different clips, as the background and fingers of the person are different.

Screengrab from viral video

A closer look showed the name on the first packet as “Esoral”, along with Urdu text. A relevant keyword search revealed that it is a capsule manufactured by City Pharmaceutical Laboratories in Karachi, Pakistan.

Screengrab from City pharmaceutical website

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Escaif Pharmaceuticals Limited Company in Bangladesh also manufactures similar capsules, however, its packaging is different, confirming that the Esoral capsule in the video is the Karachi one.

Screengrab from skfbd.com

A reverse image search of keyframes of the clip showing the second capsule led us to this Youtube video, dated February 18, 2021, and titled, “FirstNigeriaTV: Man finds nails inside capsule drug for consumption”.

Screengrab from YouTube video by FirstNigeriaTV

After we translated the text found on the packet with the help of Google Lens, we learnt that was an “Enterofuril” capsule, manufactured by Bosnia and Herzegovina-based Bosnalijek, proving that the capsules are not from India.

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Conclusion

Viral video showing nails hidden in capsules was found to be a combination of two separate clips of pills manufactured in Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, not India.

Result: False

Sources
City Pharmaceuticals website 
YouTube video, FirstNigeriaTV, February 18, 2021
Vidal.ru website


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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