Indian health ministry bans 328 fixed dose combinations drugs to avoid illegal use

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The Indian health ministry had banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 fixed dose combinations drugs to prevent the illegal use of these drugs and to prevent health risks with immediate effect.

The manufacture and sale of other six drugs have been restricted.

The ban follows the rules recommended by Drug Technical Advisory Boards (DTAB) after they reported that taking these 328 FDCs would affect health.

Among the banned drugs comes the painkiller Saridon and Panderm, a skin cream whose manufacture, sale and distribution have been banned with immediate effect.

The government banned 344 FDCs in March 2016 and added six more to the list acting on Chadrasekhar Kokate Committee report which was submitted in 2015. Those pharmaceutical companies which manufacture those drugs however moved to the court.

The Supreme Court asked that the matter to be ascertained by DTAB in December 2017. The drug advisory board reported that the ban has to be continued on those drugs as there was no therapeutic justification for the ingredients in those 328 FDCs.

As per the latest reports, most companies said that they have stopped their FDCs or very less stock is left with them or changed the drug combination.

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