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Uttarakhand Halts Production of 14 Ramdev Pharma Products over Misleading Advertisements

The Uttarakhand drug regulator has taken a stringent step by suspending the manufacturing licenses of 14 products produced by pharmaceutical companies owned by India’s renowned yoga guru, Baba Ramdev. This decision comes after repeated instances of misleading advertisements about the efficacy of these products, as revealed by a government order.

Baba Ramdev, known for his television shows, yoga practices, and traditional medicine offerings, has faced criticism in recent weeks. The Supreme Court of India has repeatedly reprimanded him for not complying with its directives in an ongoing lawsuit concerning misleading advertisements for some of his traditional ayurvedic medicines.

The manufacturing permits for Ramdev’s companies were suspended through an order issued on April 15 by the drug regulator of traditional medicines in Uttarakhand. The list of 14 suspended products includes traditional medicines for asthma, bronchitis, and diabetes. Mithilesh Kumar, representing the state regulator, stated that the permits are “suspended with immediate effect.”

A spokesperson for Ramdev declined to comment immediately on the matter. This action is a part of the ongoing case against Ramdev in the Supreme Court, initiated by the Indian Medical Association’s allegations. They accuse his firm, Patanjali, of disparaging conventional medicines and persisting in publishing misleading ads despite court directives to cease them.

Ramdev has admitted his fault, and his company, Patanjali, has issued newspaper apologies to the public. In an attempt to seek forgiveness, Ramdev has appeared before judges at the top court, dressed in his trademark saffron-colored robe. However, the judges have not yet accepted his apology, and they are contemplating whether to press contempt charges against him.

This suspension of manufacturing licenses adds to the challenges faced by Ramdev and his companies. It underscores the importance of adhering to regulations and ensuring that advertisements do not mislead consumers about the efficacy of products, especially in the healthcare sector.

The case has drawn attention not only for its legal implications but also for the broader debate surrounding traditional medicine and its promotion in India. The controversy highlights the need for transparency and accountability in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly when it comes to claims made about health products. As the Supreme Court weighs the possibility of contempt charges, the outcome will be closely watched by both supporters and critics of Ramdev’s enterprises.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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