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Uttarakhand Govt to Send Notice to Patanjali over Covid-19 ‘Cure’, Says Firm Didn’t Mention Virus When Applying for Licence

A day after yoga guru Ramdev’s firm Patanjali Ayurved launched a drugs which it claimed was a treatment for COVID-19, the Uttarakhand authorities mentioned it is going to serve a discover to the corporate because it had solely utilized for a licence to fabricate an immunity booster in opposition to cough and fever and had not talked about coronavirus when submitting its utility, mentioned an official on Wednesday.

“As per Patanjali’s application, we issued them license. They didn’t mention coronavirus, we only approved the license for immunity booster, cough and fever,” mentioned Uttarakhand Ayurved Department Licence Officer YS Rawat. “We will issue them a notice asking how they got permission to make the kit (for coronavirus).”

“Patanjali Ayurved Ltd had the licence only for manufacturing an immunity booster against cough and fever. There was nothing in their application related to the treatment of coronavirus,” the official mentioned.

“We did receive an application from Patanjali on June 10. The application was approved after examination by a panel on June 12 but the firm had the permission to manufacture only two or three drugs as immunity boosters against cough and fever, and not a drug for coronavirus,” he added.

Rawat mentioned the discover shall be despatched to the agency underneath Rule 170 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, which makes it necessary for firms to hunt permission from the licensing authority earlier than promoting a product in print or the digital media.

AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik Shripad Naik mentioned Patanjali arising with the drugs was a “good initiative” however due course of must be adopted.

The AYUSH ministry on Tuesday had requested Patanjali to “provide at the earliest” the composition and different particulars of the drugs it claimed is for the therapy of COVID-19, ordering the corporate to cease promoting “the product until the issue is examined”.

Naik mentioned Patanjali Ayurved has submitted the paperwork.

“The reports which were sent to the ministry on Tuesday will be examined,” he mentioned. “At a time when everybody is grappling for a cure for COVID-19, such an initiative is definitely good but then the due process has to be followed.”

The licensing authority of Uttarakhand authorities has additionally been requested to offer copies of licence and product approval particulars of the Ayurvedic medicines being claimed for the therapy of coronavirus an infection, the ministry mentioned in its assertion.

Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has been requested to offer on the earliest particulars of the identify and composition of the medicines being claimed for coronavirus an infection therapy, data on websites or hospitals the place the analysis examine was carried out and the protocols adopted, the ministry mentioned.

It has additionally been requested to offer data on pattern dimension, particulars of the Institutional Ethics Committee clearance, CTRI registration, outcomes knowledge of the examine and “stop advertising/publicising such claims till the issue is duly examined”.

Patanjali claimed its drugs has proven 100% beneficial outcomes throughout medical trials on COVID-19 sufferers, besides these on life assist techniques. Launching the medicines at a press convention in Haridwar, Ramdev claimed “100% recovery rate in seven days”.

The corona package shall be made accessible at Rs 545, mentioned Patanjali Ayurved MD Acharya Balkrishna, including it is going to have medicines for 30 days. Patanjali claims the package will also be taken as prevention for coronavirus.

This is just not an immunity booster however a coronavirus treatment, Ramdev mentioned.

(With inputs from PTI)

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