You Can Still Buy Vicks Action 500 Extra, Corex: No Ban For Now, Says Court ~ Scrap Everyone

You Can Still Buy Vicks Action 500 Extra, Corex: No Ban For Now, Says Court

The government ban on over 300 drugs will remain on hold till the hearing on next Monday, the Delhi High Court said today. Popular drugs D'Cold, Vicks Action 500 Extra, Corex and Benadryl are among the 6,000-odd brands that have been impacted by the government move to ban 344 fixed dose combination drugs.


Many pharma companies had moved court against the government order and had earlier won an interim stay against the government ban. 
The Health Ministry through a notification on March 10 had banned these drugs, citing health reasons. The government decided to prohibit manufacturing, sale and distribution of fixed drug combinations, saying that these drugs have "no therapeutic justification" and are likely to "involve risk to human beings".
Last week, leading pharma companies including Glenmark, Pfizer, Abbott India, Macleods, Reckitt Benckiser, Piramal Enterprises, Alembic Pharma and Procter and Gamble (P&G) had moved the Delhi High Court against the government order. About 50 companies have moved the court so far.
The full impact of the ban would be Rs 3,800 crore a year on the Indian pharmaceutical industry.  The government had constituted a panel under Professor Chandrakant Kokate to review the fixed combination drugs.  The court has asked the government to present the Kokate committee report.
The government has argued that there is not much data available on drug-drug interaction and side-effects in fixed dose combination drugs. And at the same time most of these drugs are sold without proper approvals and this may also lead to weakening of the immune system. The government also says that most developed countries do not allow these drugs in their market.
Though the ban on fixed dose combination drugs was welcomed by the doctors, the pharmaceutical companies are up in arms against the government order.
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