A Gazette Notification by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned over 300 medicines of fixed drug combinations.
By: Indian Express | New Delhi | March 21, 2016
The Health Ministry 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.
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.
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.
Here is the complete list of all drug combinations banned by the ministry.