For many people, taking medicine has become a part and parcel of their daily routine. From relieving pain to curing infections, these drugs help in the biological protection of the body, improving the health conditions and treatment of diseases. However what if we tell you that there are certain popular medicines available in the market that can severely affect your health?
Apparently, Government of India has taken some major health decisions to help ensure the safety of its citizens. Evidently, the Ministry of Health put a ban on the manufacture of sale and distribution of one of the most popular medicines in the market, Saridon, and 327 other fixed-dose combination drugs (FDCs) on September 12 with immediate effect.
Well, FDCs are two or more drugs combined in a fixed ratio into a single dosage form. Besides Piramal’s Saridon, Akem Laboratories’ Taxim AZ and Mazleods Pharma’s Panderm Plus cream are on the list too. Moreover, the ministry has restricted the production of six drugs up to a certain extent.
According to government sources, this initiative will wipe off approximately 6,000 medicine brands produced by different companies from the drugs market, affecting an estimate of the combined market size of Rs 2,000 – Rs 2,500 crore of the economy.
On March 10, 2018, the Health Ministry published a notice under Section 26 A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1949 that ceased the manufacture for sale and distribution for human use of 349 FDCs. However, the issue affected several manufacturers of the drug and they filed complaints in various High Courts and the Supreme Court.
Hence, an expert panel was appointed by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) under the order of the Supreme Court which claimed that there were no therapeutic properties in the ingredients contained in the 328 FDCs including Saridon that got banned. DTAB also exclaimed that these drugs can pose a heavy risk on the health of the human beings.
Apparently, social media users have posted epic reactions on the ban on Saridon and other drugs that are ‘irrational’ and ‘unsafe’ for human beings. Have a read at some of the tweets:
Saridon ban? WTF.
How will I survive life?
— SG (@shrinivassg) September 13, 2018
Please, tell me!
What the fuck is wrong with the government. First they give the nation a big headache, then they ban Saridon!! https://t.co/H9zwJwI44P
— Gautam Trivedi (@KaptanHindustan) September 13, 2018
The nation wants to know!
After beef and saridon, what else is on the Govt #ban list? Milk? dank chocolate?
How about you ban bail for suspects in rape cases?
— Dank Bot (@TheDankBot) September 13, 2018
What are other options of Saridon?When we get headache,What we should do? Rush to doctor? Pay to doctor to know that some other formulation tablet will relife our headache!What are government upto?Dont ban cigarette, Alcohol, hookas but banning common man’s pain relief tablet? https://t.co/sozbJh2Gjv
— Chetan Shah (@ChetanShah2016) September 14, 2018
Why, but why?
— Manan Vora (@mananjv) September 13, 2018
Are u guys lost ur mind …
Who have given this right to ban a particular medicine like Saridon which is my life .
I can’t survive without it . @JPNadda @AnupriyaSPatel pls don’t ban at least Saridon bcz there is no substitute of it .
Hope u understand it .
— Shivendu Prakash🐊 (@imsprakash9) September 13, 2018
The ban on Saridon tablets brings the end of an era for my mother. It was her go-to tablet for even a little bit of headache.
— Wasim (@WasimFiroz_) September 13, 2018
Sadly Saridon is banned it brings instant relief from headache. If you ban then a similar priced drug should be available to the common man what will he take over the counter?
— anil sharma (@nila3333) September 13, 2018
He knows better!
SariDON ko ban Karna mushkil hi Nahi naamumkin hai! https://t.co/GcS4N3ODrQ
— Colbert’s Beard (@colbeard7) September 13, 2018
Some people came in support of the ban as well:
— Dr. Anil Goyal, Urologist & Social Worker (@DrAnilGoel1) September 13, 2018
Very good decision!
Very good judgement by govt to ban these poisonous medicines..
Also Pls take action on high value drugs sold in market with over 300%-400% profit margin..
Government bans popular painkiller Saridon, 327 other fixed-dose combination drugshttps://t.co/jljBV06Z6G
— Vipul (@Viplion1207) September 13, 2018
What do you think about the ban? Let us know in the comments!