Popular medicines, including Saridon, banned

The Union Health Ministry has banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 fixed dose combinations (FDC) of drugs with immediate effect.

Among the 6,000 brands that are likely to be affected are popular medicines like , skin cream Panderm, combination drug Gluconorm PG, and antibacterial Taxim AZ.

The government had banned 344 FDCs earlier this year and later added five more to the list. This is after a committee concluded that these drugs had no therapeutic value and could be harmful to people. It recommended a total ban.

Some popular cough syrups and cold medicines have been exempted from the ban. These include Corex, D-Cold and Phensydyl Linctus.

The step has been welcomed by many civil society groups that had petitioned the Supreme Court for the ban.

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