New Delhi: The Ministry of AYUSH on Tuesday took cognizance of the news being recently flashed in the media about Ayurvedic medicines developed for treatment of COVID-19 by Patanjali Ayurved Limited in Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand.
The ministry said that the facts of the claim and details of the stated scientific study are not known to the Ministry.
“The concerned Ayurvedic drug manufacturing company has been informed that such advertisements of drugs including Ayurvedic medicines are 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 said in its statement.
The Ministry had also issued a Gazette Notification No. L.11011/8/2020/AS in April this year stating the requirements and the manner the research studies on COVID-19 with Ayush interventions/medicines should be undertaken.
In order to make this Ministry aware of the facts of the aforesaid news and verify the claims, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has been asked 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) and stop advertising/publicizing such claims till the issue is duly examined.
Ministry has also requested the concerned state licensing authority of Uttarakhand state government to provide copies of license and product approval details of the Ayurvedic medicines being claimed for the treatment of COVID -19.