328 drugs banned in public interest

328 fixed-dose combination drugs have been banned by the government to stop their “irrational use”. Frequently used painkiller Saridon and skin cream Panderm are among the banned drugs. The health ministry says the ingredients in these medicines do not markedly add to the benefits that people can get from taking them. The order immediately bans the manufacture, marketing and sale of several common cough syrups, painkillers, and cold and flu drugs. The country’s drug advisory body, the Drug Technical Advisory Board or DTAB, has said there is no therapeutic justification for the ingredients in these drugs and they must be banned in public interest.

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