– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: Taking cognizance of the advertisements flashed recently in media by Baba Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurved Limited about Ayurvedic medicines that it claimed cured COVID-19, the Ministry of Ayush has asked the company to “stop advertising/publicizing such claims “till the issue is duly examined”.
Stating that facts of the claim and details of the stated scientific study were not known to the Ministry, it asked concerned State Licensing Authority of Uttarakhand Government to provide copies of license and product approval details of the Ayurvedic medicines being claimed for the treatment of COVID -19.
Besides, the Ministry also directed Patanjali to provide at the earliest “details of the name and composition of the medicines being claimed for COVID treatment; site(s)/hospital(s), where the research study was conducted for COVID-19; protocol, sample size, Institutional Ethics Committee clearance, CTRI registration and results data of the study (ies)…”.
The Ministry on Tuesday stated that the concerned Ayurvedic drug manufacturing company had been informed that such advertisements of drugs including Ayurvedic medicines were regulated under the provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 and Rules thereunder and the directives issued by the Central Government in the wake of COVID outbreak. The Ministry had also issued a Gazette Notification No. L.11011/8/2020/AS dated 21st April, 2020 stating the requirements and the manner the research studies on COVID-19 with Ayush interventions/medicines should be undertaken.