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    State Government asked to Report Misleading Herbal Product Claims

    The government has informed Parliament that it is aware of herbal products mushrooming in the country, making all sorts of claims in advertisements.

    They claim to cure diseases such as diabetes, touted as energy boosters, as oils for arthritis, and as slimming
    packs among others, Minister of State (Independent) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday (22-12-2015).

    So far, under the Drugs & Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act, 1954, the Kerala government has filed 25 cases against firms, including Ajantha Pharma (Carofit D), Amrutanjan Healthcare Ltd (Diakur), Kunnath Pharma (Musli Power Xtra), Institute of Indian Therapies (Vaji Thailam, Lavan Thailam, Madhuramrutham) among others.

    The Gujarat government has issued notices to 117 manufacturers, including Hindustan Herbal (Sugar Fit Granules), Taurus Pharma, Balaji Ayurved (Breast-UP Cap & Oil), Birla Pharma (Dia-gone cap), Bakson Drugs (Rheum Oil), among others, Naik said in a written reply.

    The Delhi government had sent notices to 13 such firms, including Qadri Dawakhana (Ziabetus C), Zinta Herbal (Zinda Tilasmath), Cura Pharma, Anmol Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Bharat Unani, among others.

    The Uttarakhand government has served notices on four firms – VLCC Personal Care (VLCC Skin Care), Ban Labs (Sesa products), International Herbal Corp (IMC products) and Wilil Ayurveda (Life Care Health Centre).

    The Minister said instances of alleged default and contravention of legal provisions, brought to his Ministry, were forwarded to the respective State licensing authorities.

    Naik said though regulatory norms for manufacturing ayurvedic, siddha, unani and homoeopathy medicines were separate, the restrictions on spurious, misbranded and adulterated drugs and misleading advertisements were similar, as in the case of allopathic medicines.

    Source: The Business Line

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