Mumbai: The fate and sale of Patanjali’s Coronil tablets lurk in dark as Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday strongly established that “proper certification” is required for the sale of Coronil, that falsely deceit everyone of having a ‘WHO certification’.
On Monday, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had expressed shock over the “blatant lie of WHO certification” for Coronil tablets which Patanjali claims is an evidence-based medicine to fight COVID-19. The IMA also demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in whose presence the medicine was launched. While, the World Health Organization clarified that it had not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19.
Without taking any name, Deshmukh dropped a tweet that it was “highly deplorable” that two senior Union ministers endorsed the drug.
“The #IMA has questioned the said `clinical trials’ of #Coronil & WHO refuted the false claims made by #Patanjali Ayurveda for giving any certificate regarding its effectiveness for #Covid19 treatment,” Deshmukh’s tweet read.
“…selling of #Coronil without proper certification from competent health organizations like #WHO, #IMA and others will not be allowed in Maharashtra,” the minister said.
To note, Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved had on February 19 claimed that the Coronil tablet had received certification from the Ayush Ministry as a medicine supporting COVID-19 treatment as per the WHO’s certification scheme.
However, Patanjali’s managing director Acharya Balkrishna, later clarified that, “We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India and WHO does not approve or disapprove any drugs.”