Thursday, March 17, 2016
Sources said that 344 drugs that have been banned in India are likely to be diverted to African counties or even SAARC countries except Pakistan and Afghanistan as the Central Government has banned their exports.
Drug Control department sources said that the products are not to be consumed in the country but if the importing country has no objections, then the drug controllers cannot stop it. The makers of cough syrups Corex and Phensedyl have approached the court and got a stay order, the others are still contemplating legal action. The WHO had approved only 350 formulations of fixed dose combinations to treat prevalent diseases but the pharma companies got too ambitious and made more than 6,000 combinations.
The Indian Medical Association has sent mails to all doctors and hospitals asking them to stop prescribing the banned combination drugs. Even pharmacists have kept the stocks aside as they say that the stocks have been locked in their computers by the manufactures unit. AP Chemists Association president said that the effect in the retail market will be visible only after two weeks when patients will come asking for their brand of medicines since they are not seen using to buy in bulk quantities.
The banned drugs included Vicks Action 500, Crocin, Cold and Flu, D-cold Total Dolo Cold. Names of most popular drugs are Nasivion, Sumo Oflox, Gastrogyl, Chericof, Nimulid, Kofnil, Dolo Cold, Decoff 02.