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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                    Nagaraju
                    Mar 22, 2016 at 7:56 am
                    This is very good news. But how a public know what are the drugs are banned. where is the list of drugs and where available. It should be strictly implemented. It should not become paper tiger.. Please let us know the list of drugs. Meanwhile essential drugs rate is very high and no body seems to look into this aspect to reduce for enable to procure without much burden to common public.
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                      Bhagwat Mane
                      Mar 15, 2016 at 6:24 am
                      People first, there health is first... Good decision of Govt.
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                        sukumar marella
                        Mar 17, 2016 at 10:48 am
                        this move by the government should have come long ago. better late than never. this is a good move, let not the pharma companies indulge in jugglery.
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                          suneeth
                          Apr 14, 2016 at 7:01 am
                          Really Appreciate the Government decision and concern about citizens....My mother uses Metformin,Glimipride,Telmisartan,Januvia seperate tablets at a time evryday.....equal to taking combination of these four drugs........what is the use in banning and continuing such type of dosages at a time which is equal to using combination drugs.....necessary instructions to patients be given by physicians for gaps for each tablet or using at seperate timings in a day other wise combinations to limited extent like two drug combinations can be continued which reduces number of intake tablets
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                            Jayaram
                            Mar 17, 2016 at 9:20 am
                            Yes good action against pharmaceuticals by government and a big hats-off to our PM.
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                              kumar kuchibhotla
                              Mar 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm
                              its good to save peoples health and also don't permit new launching products in india with out deep observation.
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                                Mela Soomarie
                                Mar 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                                Nimesulide ban in India
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                                  Mohammed ck
                                  Mar 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                                  Grea decisions must implement
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                                    P V
                                    Mar 17, 2016 at 10:00 am
                                    really a great job by NDA sarkar.. like this there are soooooooooooo many corporates on them similar haking is required ... though they are doing business, but sucking the blood of commonman with very very high prices.... Modiji please control prices.... and slash petrol / diesel prices to 50% atleast...
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                                      Pankaj kumar
                                      Mar 17, 2016 at 6:40 am
                                      Good initiative by govt.... But i have fear that 80% of pharma rules have been broken. May this implentation work?
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                                        Pavan kumar
                                        Mar 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                                        What the government and other drug control boards doing all this tym, they have not stopped them in the tym of research or at the tym of release . With out their permission nothing is done till now
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                                          Praveen Nair
                                          Mar 15, 2016 at 10:06 am
                                          Good Initiatve
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                                            ur wrong
                                            Nov 3, 2016 at 5:55 am
                                            I think its important to spread awareness rather than just band straight away.lt;br/gt;Patients deserve the right to know what the doctor prescribes.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WHAT happens when a doctor messes up with a drug interaction making a patient worse, who is liable? The patient deserves rights to know the medication given to them and the interactions with other medications. (LABEL with warnings like do not drink with this medicine, do not have grape fruit with, do not combine with SSRI) to avoid fatal Serotonin Syndrome et al. Stupid move Government.
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