NEWS: The Ayush Ministry has stepped in to evaluate ayurvedic medicines created by Baba Ramdev’s company, Patanjali Ayurved. The yoga guru’s company claims the Coronil kit can cure patients infected with the coronavirus within seven days. Ramdev on Tuesday announced the release of two immune-related medications called ‘Coronil and Swasari’ at a press conference at Yogpeeth, Haridwar. “We are launching COVID medicines Coronil and Swasari today”, said the yoga guru on Tuesday, June 23 2020.
According to Ramdev, he stated that ‘Coronil’ is the first ayurvedic, clinically controlled trial-based evidence and research-based medicine. The Ayurveda company, Patanjali, claims that the new products have undergone testing on coronavirus-inflicted patients across India including Delhi, Ahmedabad, Meerut, and other cities. The Patanjali ‘Coronil Kit‘ is made up of three medicinal products created by Divya Pharmacy. The joint research was apparently conducted by Patanjali Research Institute and National Institute of Medical Science (NIMS), Jaipur. These COVID-19 Patanjali products have been created using compounds of Basil, Ashwagandha and Giloy, suggested by doctors, to create the Coronil product. The Coronil kit is priced at ZAR 130 (Rs 545) and is a 30-day course.
AYUSH Ministry evaluating Patanjali Coronil reports
Soon after the news of the Ayurveda Covid-19 cure had gone viral, the Ministry of AYUSH released a statement that the facts and details of the Patanjali scientific study have not been on their radar. Union minister Shripad Naik has revealed on Wednesday that Patanjali Ayurveda has submitted the relevant reports related to the product to the Ayush Ministry.
Patanjali CEO, Acharya Balkrishna took to the social media platform, Twitter to share the news that receipt of documentation has been noted by the ministry.
The Ayush ministry is set to evaluate the Patanjali report documents in order to decide on the final go-ahead for the distribution of the Ayurvedic medicine, said Naik, according to PTI reports.
“Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved coming up with medicines which it claimed were for treatment of COVID-19 was good initiative but due process has to be followed,” added Naik.
Naik had discussed the matter with PTI telephonically from New Delhi, a day after the Ayush ministry requested Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved to furnish “at the earliest” all related documentation. However, according to Ramdev, the Patanjali Coronil kit will be available across their chain stores within a week with an app will to facilitate home delivery of the medicines.
The ministry had also ordered the firm to stop advertising the product until the “issue” is examined.
Uttarakhand government steps in blocking Patanjali
In the interim, the Uttarakhand government is planning to issue a notice to Patanjali Ayurved for launching the drug claiming to be a cure for the coronavirus. Uttarakhand State Ayurved department clarified that the firm applied for a licence to create immune boosting products to fight cough and fever and not for Coronavirus medicine. State Ayurved department’s licence officer Y S Rawat said, ‘As per Patanjali’s application, we issued them a license. They didn’t mention coronavirus, we only approved a license for immunity booster, cough and fever. We’ll issue them a notice asking how they got permission to make the kit (for COVID19).’
The state government’s directorate of Ayurved and Unani services has said that it intends to issue a notice to Patanjali Ayurved over the issue, said officials.
“We are checking the violation in the context of the claims in the light of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. We will check what sorts of violations have happened and accordingly issue a notice. If the violations are found true, then their license will be cancelled,” said Anand Swaroop, Director, directorate of Ayurved and Unani services, Uttarakhand.