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Health Ministry bans 344 drugs, including Nimesulide

The ban, which comes into effect immediately, follows recommendations of an expert committee formed to examine the efficacy of these drug combinations.

By: Express News Service | Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2016 2:10 pm
drugs ban, drugs, health ministry, Nimesulide, drug ban, health news, india news, nation news The list of banned drugs includes Nimesulide, which had been a cause of concern for long for health experts for its continued use in India despite being banned in most of the developed nations.

The Health Ministry has banned 344 fixed drug combinations through a gazette notification issued over the weekend. These include several common cough syrup solutions, analgesics and antibiotic combinations, many of which are sold over the counter.

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The ban, which comes into effect immediately, follows recommendations of an expert committee formed to examine the efficacy of these drug combinations. The industry though may question the basis of the ban and seek judicial intervention.

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The list of banned drugs includes Nimesulide, which had been a cause of concern for long for health experts for its continued use in India despite being banned in most of the developed nations.

Fixed drug combinations have mushroomed in the market as companies in their quest for newer products — and often to beat price control — mix and match ingredients into a single molecule to market them as newer remedies.

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Many of these which have an antibiotic as one of the ingredients are sold over the counter, thus adding to the menace of drug resistance. The Health Ministry recently launched a drive to crack down upon irrational use of antibiotics and also notified a special schedule of drugs for which chemists will not only need to check the prescription before selling them but also maintain records with themselves or face government action.

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    kaviyarasu
    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    I want pharma field update news send to my mail
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      kaviyarasu
      Aug 25, 2017 at 5:17 pm
      Super news
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        Mukta.
        Mar 16, 2016 at 10:25 am
        It's a very good decision though taken late. Better late than never. But also the system should be very strict in implementation. Then only such things go will be beneficial to public at large.
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          srikanth
          Mar 16, 2016 at 7:15 am
          its too late ,ok at least now new govt doing good job
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            Anitha
            Mar 17, 2016 at 10:26 am
            Good decision taken by the public government. Please also implement the price control policy by Pharma Manufacturer. Take action on Generic and General items available in the Local market .
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