The sale of Patanjali’s Coronil tablets will not be allowed in Maharashtra without “proper certification,” Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Tuesday.
The statement came a day after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) expressed shock at the “blatant lie of WHO certification” for Coronil tablets which Patanjali says is an evidence-based drug for fight COVID-19.
While the IMA also demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, in whose presence the drug was launched, the World Health Organization clarified that it had neither considered nor certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19.
Without naming anyone, Deshmukh said on Twitter that it was “highly deplorable” that two senior EU ministers approved the drug.
“The #IMA has questioned the so-called ‘clinical trials’ of #Coronil and the WHO has refuted the false claims made by #Patanjali Ayurveda for giving a certificate regarding its efficacy for the treatment of # Covid19,” Deshmukh said .
“… the sale of #Coronil without proper certification from relevant health organizations like #WHO, #IMA and others will not be allowed in Maharashtra,” the minister said.
On February 19, Patanjali Ayurved, yoga guru Ramdev, said the Coronil tablet had received certification from the Ayush Ministry as a drug supporting COVID-19 treatment according to the WHO certification program.
However, Patanjali Director General Acharya Balkrishna later said: “We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate in Coronil is issued by DCGI, the Indian government” and “WHO does not approve or disapprove of any drug”.
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