About 344 Drugs Banned by India Government!!!
India Government banned 344 drugs including Vicks Action 500, Corex and Phensedyl syrup. Most of the banned drugs are related to diabetic treatment. Government has banned the usage of combination drugs. It has also come to our knowledge that a second list of more drugs banned is in talks.
The most common medicine we resort to during cold & cough, Vicks Action 500 Extra, will not be available at chemist shops anymore following the governments ban on fixed dose combination drugs, per a report in Hindustan Times.
In a combination drug several drugs are incorporated in one medicine to enable a patient to take a single medicine rather than multiple. This will immensely affect the health of the people.
According to the health experts, increasing use of combination drugs is dangerous since there is a risk of antibiotic resistance in patients. In Indian market, combination drug dominates than a single medicine.
Doctors say the misuse of these combinations may be contributing to antibiotic resistance and causing the rise of some super bugs, strains of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics.
“Before 1988, combinations of old drugs were not legally termed as new drugs, but under the new law, the combination is a new drug and needs to follow the adequate approval process that includes also having undergone clinical trials,” said Dr Gulhati
Reuters had reported in December last year that an antibiotic cocktail sold in India manufactured by Abbott and local drug makers was not approved by the central government.
Above 300 drugs are banned. Drug makers had filed a petition in Delhi High Court to challenge against this ban. But for the Government it is a matter of public interest.
“We must check the efficient drug regulators in western countries, namely US and UK to see what is safe and what’s not. It may not be an ideal solution as Indians are a different race but some reference point to begin with,” Dr Gulhati said.