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.

Read the complete list of banned drug combinations

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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    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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    Anitha
    Mar 17, 2016 at 10:23 am
    It is a good decision taken by the public government. Another steps to be implement price control policy by Pharmaceuticals company. One Drug have different rates by different manufacturer. So Government has to take serious action on price control. In the market General and Generic items available by the same manufacture so Local seller is pushing the items to earn more money. I request to the government to bann the General and generic items which is available in the market.
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    Karan
    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    I am thinking it is a good decision maken by government.
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    Aspi Billimoria
    Mar 17, 2016 at 10:51 am
    Its a good decision. However there is urgent need for the Government to control the om selling of medicines for psychic cases. Psychic patients consume medicines for much more longer period than actually needed which makes them immune to the treatment but still they continue to consume those medicines without doctor's prescription as there are several such medicines available in the market without doctors prescription. With the result, psychic people don't get cured faster but their case gets more worse rather than getting cured. Hence please put control on s of medicines for psychic treatment.
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    Prashant Bhardwaj
    Mar 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    Now,Its start feeling proud to be Pharmacist. Salute from soul for Govt. Its States how much MNC are Lucrative. Thanks from heart.
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    Nagaraju
    Mar 17, 2016 at 10:21 am
    This is very good but should be implemented strictly. It also requires that all necessary common drugs prices should be slashed. As India have more diabetics and BP's its related drug prices are very high this should be looked into. High praises to the Govt headed by Action oriented PM Sri.Modiji. Also When International prices of crude is so low our Petrol and Diesel prices are very high. Reduceing few paises once in a way and raising at a time more than Rs.3/- is not correct.
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