As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in India, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved launched the ‘Coronil and Swasari’ medicine with the claim that it can cure COVID-19 patients, except those on life support systems. Patanjali Ayurved claimed its medicine has shown 100 per cent favourable results on 280 COVID-19 patients during Coronil’s clinical trial.
The medicine has been launched at a time when a lot of pharmaceutical companies are trying to develop experimental drugs such as favipiravir and remdisvir. Both these drugs have helped recover patients with acute symptoms of coronavirus but neither claim to cure it.
But Patanjali – which had an estimated turnover of Rs 25,000 crore in 2019-2020 – has found itself in hot water because of Coronil drug.
Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has stopped Patanjali from advertising or publicising the medicine due to the lack of requisite approval.
There are some other inconsistencies in the claims made by Baba Ramdev. While Ramdev that the medicine was tested on 280 patients, the details submitted with AYUSH ministry shows there were only 100 participants in the trial. Moreover, only half to them were given placebo drugs and 5 patients dropped out of the trail. So there were only 45 coronavirus-positive patients who received Patanjali’s drug.
In yet another setback, the Ayush Ministry of Uttarakhand has now clarified that the license issued to Patanjali was for the production of immunity booster kits and fever medicine, and not to find a cure for coronavirus.
“Divya Pharmacy did not apply for license of any kind of medicine related to Corona nor were they given any license in this regard. The license was issued only for immunity booster kits and fever medicine. But now that it has come to the attention of the AYUSH department, a notice will be issued to Divya Pharmacy. It their reply is not satisfactory then their current licenses will be cancelled,” Dr. YS Rawat, Joint Director State Medicinal Licensing Authority from Uttarakhand said.
“As per Patanjali’s application, we issued them license. They didn’t mention coronavirus, we only approved license for immunity booster, cough & fever. We’ll issue them a notice asking how they got permission to make the kit for COVID19,” Licence Officer, Uttarakhand Ayurved Department said.
Meanwhile, a criminal complaint has been filed in a Bihar court Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved MD Acharya Balkrishna. The complaint alleged that they have misled and endangered the lives of lakhs of people by claiming to have developed medicine to treat COVID-19.