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Uttarakhand lifts ban on 5 drugs of Ramdev firm, Patanjali says fight on against ‘medical mafia’

Ramdev's aide Acharya Balkrishna warned govt to rectify its 'mistake' on Friday. Patanjali Sansthan to review its stand as state ayurvedic & unani services authority revokes ban.

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Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has lifted its ban on manufacturing of five Ayurvedic medicines by Divya Pharmacy within 48 hours of the Ramdev-backed pharmaceutical company threatening to take legal recourse against authorities over the matter.

On 9 November, the Uttarakhand Ayurvedic and Unani Services Licensing Authority (UAUSLA) had asked Divya Pharmacy to stop production of five products. Divya Pharmacy’s parent body Patanjali Ayurved had then warned of legal action against those involved in the “conspiracy” on 11 November.

Rsponding to the government’s move, Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd managing director Acharya Balkrishna told ThePrint that legal action threat will be revised but Patanjali will continue its battle against medical mafia and attempts to defame Ayurveda.

In a letter sent Saturday to Divya Pharmacy, UAUSLA licence officer Dr C.G.S. Jangpangi said the ban was “erroneous”. “It’s being revised and permission to continue manufacturing, as before, is granted,” the letter read.

The UAUSLA also gave an additional window of one week to Divya Pharmacy to submit its response to charges of violation of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954, and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1945.

Earlier the licensing authority had asked Ramdev’s company to submit its reply with amended formulation sheets and label claims in the advertisements of the five medicines within a week.

It had also directed the Divya Pharmacy to stop production of Divya Madhugrit, Divya Eyegrit Gold, Divya Thyrogrit, Divya BPgrit and Divya Lepidogrit. The authority also ordered the Divya Pharmacy to remove all advertisements of these drugs from the media.

“Now that the government has accepted its mistake, Patanjali Sansthan will also review its stand on its warning for legal action against. However, Patanjali Sansthan stands by its statement that it was a malicious attempt by anti-Ayurveda forces to malign the image of Divya Pharmacy. We will never allow such moves to succeed,” Balkrishna told ThePrint.

The “ignorant, insensitive, incompetent licensing officers” were tarnishing the entire tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, he claimed.

“It was an unreasonable act of an officer to tarnish evidence-based research and authentication of Ayurveda and to defame Patanjali’s reputation. We are deeply hurt by the act of an officer of the state government,” he said, in an apparent reference to Jangpangi.

 “Patanjali will continue its battle against those conspiring against the growth of ayurveda and yoga in any form or supported by the medical mafia,” Balkrishna added.

The Patnajali MD and co-founder had tweeted Saturday expressing gratitude to the Uttarakhand government for lifting the ban.

Divya Pharmacy’s parent body Patanjali Ayurved had called the ban an “act of anti-ayurveda drug mafia” and the UAUSLA “a party to the conspiracy”. The ban came following two complaints made  by a Kerala ophthalmologist in July and October “about repeated misleading and objectionable advertisements published about these drugs”.

(Edited by Tony Rai)

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