India's Ministry of AYUSH has asked yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved to stop advertising 'Coronil' and 'Swasari Vati' tablets as cures for COVID-19 and has asked the company to provide more details on the same.
The ministry also said it did not know the facts about the claim and details of the scientific study Patanjali said it conducted.
However, it is not clear whether the sale of these ayurvedic medicines can continue.
The AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha, Homeopathy) ministry has ordered Patanjali Ayurved in Uttrakhand to stop advertising and publicising claims of the drugs being a cure for COVID-19. Patanjali also needs to provide the name and composition of the medicines being claimed as COVID treatment along with the site(s)/hospital(s) where the research study was conducted for COVID-19.
On June 23, 2020, Baba Ramdev launched these medicines and claimed that these clinically tested medicines were cures for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He further claimed that these results showed 100 per cent recovery rate among patients.
The ministry said it told Patanjali that the advertisement and press conference falls under the provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 and Rules and under the purview of the central government. Any research studies about AYUSH interventions and medicines on COVID-19 also have to be communicated to the ministry, according to a gazette notification issued in April.
The methodology and protocol, sample size selection, as well as the Institutional Ethics Committee clearance, the Clinical Trial Registry of India (CTRI) registration and resulting data of the said study also needs to be provided to the ministry. The ministry has also asked the State Licensing Authority of Uttarakhand Government to provide copies of the said license and the details of product approval to the centre.
Patanjali's COVID-19 Ayurvedic Medicines
Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, the CEO of Patanjali launched their COVID-19 Ayurvedic medicines 'Coronil' and 'Swasari Vati' on June 23, 2020 in a press conference. This coronil kit is priced at Rs.545 and would be available in Patanjali stores in a week's time, according to Ramdev. These medicines would be available online on an application in the same time period.
We've prepared the first Ayurvedic-clinically controlled, research, evidence & trial based medicine for COVID19. We conducted a clinical case study&clinical controlled trial, and found 69% patients recovered in 3 days & 100% patients recovered in 7 days: Yog Guru Ramdev, Haridwar pic.twitter.com/QFQSVF0JIh— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2020
Ramdev claimed that the medicines are not an immunity booster but a cure for COVID-19 and have showed 100 per cent favourable results during clinical trials on affected patients at the Patanjali Yogapeeth in Haridwar. They, however, did not include people older than 60, who had respiratory disorders, and who were severely symptomatic.
Balkrishna claimed that their medicines cured the disease in 3-14 days while Ramdev claimed that 69% of the patients recovered in three days. Patanjali also stated that they were assisted in this endeavour by the National Institute of Medical Sciences, Jaipur.
Balkrishna had stated earlier this month that the company was conducting tests and was going to come out with the first Ayurvedic COVID-19 medicine.