Hours after yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s sensational claim that the Patanjali herbal medicine company had found a cure for COVID-19, ‘Coronil and Swasari’, with a “100 percent” recovery rate for coronavirus patients, the AYUSH Ministry has asked the company to stop announcing its claims.
“The AYUSH Ministry has learned of the news that recently appeared in the media about Ayurvedic drugs developed for the treatment of COVID – 19 by Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Haridwar (Uttrakhand). The facts of the claim and the details of the declared scientific study are not known to the Ministry, ” Ayush Ministry said in a press release.
Noting that the advertising of such medicines was regulated by the provisions of the medicines and Magic Remedies (objectionable advertisements) Act 1954, the Ministry ordered Patanjali to provide additional details of the medicine, the research study on it and to stop advertising its claims. until the matter is properly considered.
“The Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing company in question has been informed that such drug advertisements, including Ayurvedic medicines, are regulated by the provisions of the medicines and Magic Remedies (objectionable advertisements) Act 1954 and the rules under them and directives issued by the Central government following the outbreak of COVID-19. The Ministry also issued a notice of Gazette No. L. 11011 / 8/2020 / AS dated April 21, 2020, indicating the requirements and how research studies on COVID-19 with Ayush interventions/medications should be conducted, ” the statement said.
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“Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has been requested to provide the first details of the name and composition of the drugs claimed for treatment with COVID; site ( s) / hospital (s), where the research study for COVID-19 was conducted; protocol, sample size, Institutional Ethics Committee authorization, CTRI registration and results in the study data and to stop advertising/advertising such claims until the subject is properly considered.”
In addition, the Government of Uttarakhand was also requested to provide copies of the license and approval details granted to Patanjali to manufacture the claimed COVID-19 drug.
“The Ministry also requested the State Licensing Authority of the Uttrakhand government to provide copies of the license and product approval details of the Ayurvedic drugs claimed for the treatment of COVID-19,” the statement said.
On Tuesday, Patanjali had claimed that his “Coronil” tablets could cure COVID-19 in 14 days, and Ramdev claimed that this was not an immunity booster but a cure.
Ramdev stated that research carried out by a joint team of the Patanjali Research Institute (PRI) and the National Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Jaipur, had conducted research on the drug, with a clinical study and a controlled clinical trial. According to the yoga guru, clinical trials found that 69 percent of patients recover in three days and 100 percent of patients recover in seven days.
The claim went viral quickly, with Ramdev promising that the drug kit would be sold for Rs 545 with drugs for 30 days.