//Ayurvedic medicine put on leash

Ayurvedic medicine put on leash

Statesman News Service, NEW DELHI, Feb. 22. —

Ayurvedic drug manufacturers across the country would have to give a detailed account of the “ingredients” used in their respective product brands from 1 July 2006, the Union minister for health and family welfare, Dr Ambumani Ramadoss, told the Lok Sabha today.

The move came in the wake of the recent controversy over the alleged use of human substances in the Ayurvedic medicines manufactured at popular Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s plant at Kankhal in Hardwar. The minister’s statement was in response to a question by Mr Mahendra Prasad Nishad (BSP). Dr Ramadoss said inscription of ingredients on the product label would be made “mandatory” for all Ayurvedic medicines produced on the basis of classical formulas.

To a pointed question on whether lab tests of drug samples collected from Baba Ramdev’s manufacturing unit confirmed the presence of human ingredients in it, the minister said one of the lab tests of the samples of a “potency” enhancing Ayurvedic drug, collected by CPI-M’s Mrs Brinda Karat, showed the presence of “human substance” in it. He, however, said the test of the same sample in another lab produced no such results.Dr Ramadoss said all possible steps to bring back the “quality and credibility” of Ayurvedic medicines were being taken. He said all concerned states had been empowered under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to prosecute any manufacturer going beyond classical Ayurvedic compositions.