Nepal stops distribution of Patanjali’s Coronil, cites lack of proof on efficacy

Officials from Nepal’s health department also cited the observations made by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) recently against Coronil where they had challenged Ramdev to prove its efficacy.

Nepal on Monday stopped the distribution of Coronil kits, manufactured by yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Group, citing lack of proof of being effective in dealing with the Covid-19 virus.

According to reports, Nepal’s Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicines in an order said the proper procedure was not followed while procuring the 1,500 kits of Coronil that Patanjali claims are useful in dealing with Covid-19 infection. The kits were sent to the country as gifts.

The latest order of the Government of Nepal reads, “Tablets and nasal oil that are part of the Coronil kit are not equivalent to medicines to defeat Covid-19 virus.”

However, the health ministry clarified that there is no formal ban on Patanjali products.

“Nepal’s government has not issued any formal ban order against Patanjali’s Ayurveda-based Coronil in the country”, a health ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Officials from the department also cited the observations made by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) recently against Coronil where they had challenged Ramdev to prove its efficacy.

Nepal is the second country after Bhutan to stop the distribution of Coronil kits. Bhutan’s Drug Regulatory Authority had stopped the distribution of Coronil in the kingdom.

Ramdev had recently claimed that allopathy is a “stupid science” and medicines such as remdesivir, faviflu, and other drugs approved by the Drugs Controller General of India have failed to treat Covid-19 patients. His remarks were protested by the IMA and its Uttarakhand branch had lodged police complaint and sent a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice to the yoga guru.

However, the medical body later said it will withdraw its police complaints and the defamation notice sent to him if he withdrew his remarks.

Source: India Today

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