Coronil is a Immunity Booster not a Covid-19 Drug!

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday claimed that his company Patanjali Ayurved has made the first Ayurvedic medicine for coronavirus disease Covid-19.

The medicine called ‘Coronil’ will help in treating the respiratory disease, claimed Ramdev.

“The whole country and the world was waiting for medicine or vaccine for corona. We are proud to announce that the first Ayurvedic, clinically controlled trial based evidence and research-based medicine has been prepared by the combined efforts of Patanjali Research Centre and NIMS,” he said at a press conference in Haridwar.

Uttarakhand government has claimed on Wednesday that the license, issued to the Ayurveda products manufacturing company on June 12, pertained to the development of immunity boosters and not a medicinal cure for coronavirus.

Patanjali Ayurved never mentioned that its new medicine kit was to treat COVID-19 when it applied for a license, an official in Uttarakhand told NDTV, adding that the herbal products company had sought a license only for “immunity booster and a cough and fever cure”.

“As per Patanjali’s application, we issued them license. They didn’t mention coronavirus, we only approved license for immunity booster, cough and fever. We’ll issue them a notice asking how they got permission to make the kit (for COVID-19),” YS Rawat, Licence Officer at the Uttarakhand Ayurveda Department said. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali yesterday launched Corona kit with the medicines, “Coronil and Swasari”, that claim 100 per cent favourable results during trials to treat COVID-19 patients.

However, soon after the launch, the government asked Patanjali to stop advertising the medicines until they were examined. The Ministry of Ayush demanded details of the composition of the medicines, the results of its research, hospitals where the research was conducted, whether the company had got a clearance from the Institutional Ethics Committee and whether it had registered for the clinical trials. The government also directed the licensing authority of the Uttarakhand government to provide copies of the licence and product approval details of the medicines, which were developed at Patanjali’s lab in Haridwar.

“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,” Anand Swaroop, Director, directorate of Ayurved and Unani services, Uttarakhand said.

The efficacy of Patanjali’s medicine on Covid-19 cure has not been corroborated by any independent medical body as of yet. The World Health Organization (WHO) had recently said that while several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that any drug can cure or prevent Covid-19.

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