The Delhi High Court set aside the government’s decision to ban 344 fixed dose combination medicines on Thursday. The Health Ministry had banned 344 fixed drug combinations through a gazette notification issued in March this year. These included several common cough syrup solutions, analgesics and antibiotic combinations, many of which are sold over the counter.
The ban, which came into effect immediately, followed the recommendations of an expert committee formed to examine the efficacy of these drug combinations. The court gave it’s verdict responding to one of the 450 petitions filed by drug and healthcare majors challenging the Centre’s decision.