The drug Coronil manufactured by Patanjali Ayurved Ltd does not cure COVID-19, Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration Minister Rajendra Shingne said on Friday and warned of action if the firm confuses people of the state claiming otherwise.
The FDA Minister said action will be taken with the help of the state's home department if any false claims are made by the maker of Coronil.
"Coronavirus cannot be treated using Coronil brought in by Patanjali. Action will be taken... if Patanjali creates confusion among people or misleads the people claiming the drug cures coronavirus (COVID-19)," the state government said in a statement, quoting Mr Shingne.
#पतंजली च्या कोरोनील औषधाने #COVID_19 बरा होत नाही. पतंजलीने या औषधामुळे कोरोना बरा होतो असा जनतेत संभ्रम निर्माण केल्यास अथवा जनतेची दिशाभूल करण्याचा प्रयत्न केल्यास कारवाई केली जाईल- अन्न व औषध प्रशासन मंत्री @DrShingnespeaks यांचा इशारा pic.twitter.com/RqQefFREvH— MAHARASHTRA DGIPR (@MahaDGIPR) July 3, 2020
Mr Shingne said the AYUSH Ministry, too, has clarified that Patanjali can sell Coronil but only as an immunity booster. The minister said people were getting confused due to the name of the drug and asked them to note that the medicine does not cure the disease.
The AYUSH Ministry's clarification on Coronil came days after the Haridwar-based firm launched it as a "medicine" for COVID-19, only to later claim it is just a product to boost immunity against infection.