IMA demands explanation from health minister over Patanjali's claim on Coronil
PTI, 23 February 2021
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On Monday, the IMA expressed its shock over the deliberate lie of WHO certification for Patanjalis Coronil tablet as the company claims that it has an evidence-based medicine to fight COVID-19. IMA has demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan who was present when the medicine was launched.
The matter comes into light as the global health body, WHO, clarified that it has neither reviewed nor certified the efficacy of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19.
Yoga guru Ramdevs Patanjali Ayurved on 19th February said that the Coronil tablet has received certification from the Ayush Ministry as a medicine that supports COVID-19 treatment, according to the World Health Organizations certification scheme.
But, Acharya Balkrishna, Patanjalis managing director made a clarification later regarding the certification through a tweet stating that they want to clarify to avoid any confusion that the WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil has been issued by DCGI, Government of India. It is very clear that WHO does not approve or disapprove of any drugs. WHO only works for building a better, improved and healthy future for people around the world.
The Indian Medical Association issued a statement that being a Health Minister of the country, it is not justified to release such falsely fabricated unscientific products to people of the nation. The country needs an explanation from the health minister. The IMA is also going to write to the National Medical Commission for suo moto explanation for his blatant disrespect to the code of conduct of Medical Council of India.
Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurved has released as per their claim regarding the research work that supports Coronils effectiveness in COVID-19 treatment. The announcement about the Ayush certification for Coronil and the release of a research paper stating that it the "first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19 by Patanjali” was done and launched at an event which was attended by Vardhan.
In its statement, Patanjali had mentioned that Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, according to the WHO certification scheme.
WHO South-East Asia in a tweet said that WHO has not reviewed or certified the efficacy of any traditional medicine for the treatment COVID-19. Last year on 23rd June, Patanjali had introduced Ayurveda-based Coronil, when the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak. It faced severe criticism due to lack of scientific evidence concerning its efficacy.
Source: ET Healthworld