The minister of state for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Shripad Naik, said that his ministry has been promoting safe use of Ayush medicines.
"The Ministry of Ayush has signed an MoU with the Advertising Standards Council of India to undertake monitoring of misleading advertisements appearing in the print and TV media and bring the defaulters to the notice of the central government and the state regulators for taking necessary action," he said during the Question Hour.
Mr Naik said grant-in-aid is provided to the state and union territories under the Ayush mission for augmenting quality control activities for such drugs, including strengthening of pharmacies, drug testing laboratories, enforcement framework and testing of drugs.
"Financial support has been provided to 46 state pharmacies, 27 state drug testing laboratories and 30 state licensing authorities for improving their infrastructural and functional capacities for manufacturing, testing and enforcement of the provisions related Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic (ASU&H) drugs," Shripad Naik said.
Mr Naik said two central laboratories - Pharmacopoeial Laboratory of Indian medicine and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeial Laboratory, are established and notified as appellate laboratories under the provisions of the Drugs and Consmetics Rules, 1945.
"27 state drug testing laboratories in public sector and 44 laboratories approved under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 are in place for quality testing of ASU&H drugs and raw materials," he said.