Union Health Ministry bans Saridon and 327 other popular drugs

Guwahati, September 13: The Union Health Ministry, on Wednesday has completely banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 popular medicines including popular cough syrups, painkillers and cold medication.

With this, a protracted legal battle has come to and end between the manufacturer of these Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs and the health ministry which began since 2016.

The health ministry had been leaving no stone unturned for the last two years to prohibit these ‘irrational’ and ‘unsafe’ drugs from the market.

As per reports, nearly 6000 brands like Saridon, skin cream Panderm, combination diabetes drug Gluconorm PG, antibiotic Lupidiclox and antibacterial Taxim AZ will be affected by this ban on 328 FDC drugs .

Earlier, the government had banned 344 FDCs on March 10, 2016 and later added five to the list. However, manufacturers of these drugs had approached various High Courts and the Supreme court in the contest of the ban.

The SC on December 15, 2017 asked the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) to examine the drugs but the DTAB came up with a report that clearly stated that there is no therapeutic justification for the ingredients contained in 328 FDCs and that these FDCs may involve risk to human beings.

In addition to that, the board recommended that in the larger public interest it is necessary to prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of these FDCs.