Telangana DCA seizes allopathic medicines sold as ayurvedic products, item that claims to treat menstrual flow disorders

In two separate cases, the Telangana Drugs Control Administration has seized  allopathic medicines sold as Ayurvedic products and Ayurvedic products marketed for treating ‘disorders of menstrual flow’.

BySumit Jha

Published May 17, 2024 | 7:01 PMUpdatedMay 17, 2024 | 7:01 PM

Telangana DCA seizes allopathic medicines sold as ayurvedic products, item that claims to treat menstrual flow disorders

In two separate cases, the Telangana Drugs Control Administration (DCA) said it had seized allopathic medicines sold as Ayurvedic products and an Ayurvedic product marketed as a treatment for “disorders of menstrual flow”.

In a raid conducted on Sampurna Ayurveda Nilayam in Ghatkesar, officials seized Ayurvedic medicines adulterated with allopathic drugs.

Acting on gathered intelligence, DCA officials raided Sampurna Ayurveda Nilayam near Madhava Reddy Flyover in Ghatkesar in the Medchal-Malkajgiri District and discovered several powders claimed to be Ayurvedic medicines intended for the treatment of various diseases, including diabetes.

The DCA officials collected samples of the powders and sent them to the Drugs Control Laboratory for analysis.

The test report confirmed the presence of allopathic drugs such as metformin, glimepiride, and gliclazide in the powders, which were being falsely marketed as Ayurvedic medicines.

On 16 May, DCA officials seized 52 packets — each weighing 100 grams and labelled as “sugar” — containing a light-green-coloured powder.

This powder was tested and found to contain the allopathic anti-diabetic drugs metformin (31.65 percent), glimepiride (4.92 percent), and gliclazide (3.02 percent).

According to the DCA, the partners of the firm — Mahammad Rafi Shaik and Nallabothu Venkateswarlu — claimed they were Ayurvedic medicines while illegally mixing allopathic anti-diabetic drugs at Sampurna Ayurveda Nilayam in Ghatkesar village in the Medchal-Malkajgiri district.

“The mixing of allopathic drugs in Ayurvedic powders and falsely marketing them as ‘Ayurvedic medicines’ is a serious offence under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. It is punishable with imprisonment,” said Telangana DCA Director General VB Kamalasan Reddy in a statement.

He added that further investigation would be conducted and appropriate action taken in accordance with the law against all the offenders.

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‘Disorders of menstrual flow’

The Telangana DCA officials also seized the Ayurvedic medicine “Femizoy Syrup” in Jadcherla in the Mahabubnagar district for making misleading claims in its marketing.

During special raids conducted on 16 and 17 May, the DCA officials in the Mahbubnagar Zone detected the Femizoy Syrup at a medical shop in Jadcherla.

The label of the product misleadingly claimed that it was indicated for the treatment of “irregular menstruation” and for “post-menstruation”. Stocks of the product were seized during the raid.

The medicine, manufactured by Seasta Life Sciences Unit-2 and marketed by Crinova Healthcare Pvt Ltd, was found circulating in the market with a false claim on its label that it treats “disorders of menstrual flow”, which contravenes the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act of 1954.

The law prohibits the advertisement of certain drugs for the treatment of specific diseases and disorders.

It stipulates that no person shall take part in the publication of advertisements regarding the diseases or disorders listed under this act.

Persons who make misleading advertisements regarding drugs for the treatment of certain diseases and disorders are punishable under the aforementioned law with imprisonment that may extend to six months or with a fine or both.

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)