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Maha FDA seizes fake ayurvedic drug cos having mfg base in Uttarakhand, Punjab, J&K, Raj, MP, Guj and Maharashtra

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

In a major crackdown on companies for flouting norms, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raided and seized spurious drugs worth over Rs.11 lac from retail outlets of 13 ayurvedic manufacturers in Maharashtra in contravention to the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 (DMR Act), recently.

These companies have manufacturing bases in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The FDA seized fake medicines worth Rs.5,04,000 named Follivita 52 tablet manufactured by New Life Laboratories Pvt Ltd, fake drug Ratisutra capsule and gel worth Rs.24,000 of Gujarat based Ayulab Pvt Ltd and drugs worth Rs.1, 35,000 of a firm based in Gujarat manufacturing drugs with label claims in Gujarati language for treating various ailments.

It also seized spurious drugs worth Rs.4,11,000 of Haridwar based Akum Drug and Pharmaceuticals Ltd having spurious drug with the name Susten 400 capsules and Seleg tablets and seized fake drug Fat Go capsule worth Rs.26,225 from Jolly Healthcare having manufacturing unit in Punjab.

The FDA also raided a firm in Vasai, Maharashtra by the name Anandi Pharmaceuticals manufacturing spurious drug under the brand name Play Win capsule. It also seized Metaslim Ayurvedic Weight Control Powder and Massage oil worth Rs.48,000 manufactured by Fortune Pharmaceuticals India Pvt Ltd having manufacturing unit in J&K.

It also seized fake medicines named Jambola liquid manufactured by Luna pharma having manufacturing base in Rajasthan, Medari Slim fit syrup manufactured by Abhay Ayurvedic based in Osmanabad, Maharashtra, Play Win capsules by Arihant Remedies having manufacturing unit in Gujarat.

The DMR Act, 1954 is an Act of the Parliament of India which controls advertising of drugs in India. It prohibits advertisements of drugs and remedies that claim to have magical properties and makes doing so a cognizable offense.

The Act defines magic remedy as any talisman, mantra, amulet or any other object which is claimed to have miraculous powers to cure, diagnose, prevent or mitigate a disease in humans or animal. It also includes such devices that are claimed to have power to influence structure or function of an organ in humans or animals.

The law prohibits advertising of drugs and remedies for inducing miscarriage or preventing conception in women, improving or maintaining the capacity for sexual pleasure, correction of menstrual disorders, curing, diagnosing or preventing any disease or condition among others.

 

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