Coronavirus Treatment: Baba Ramdev, Balkrishna and 3 others booked for ‘cheating’ over Coronil claim

New Delhi: The Rajasthan Police has lodged an FIR against Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd managing director Acharya Balkrishna and three others for allegedly launching an Ayurvedic drug for treating COVID-19 without regulatory approval.

The five have been accused of cheating and conspiring to sell fake medicines claiming to cure coronavirus following clinical trials on COVID-19 patients.

The three others named in the FIR are Director of National Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (NIMS), Jaipur, B S Tomar; his son Anurag Tomar; and senior scientist Anurag Varshney.

The FIR has been registered based on a complaint filed by individuals at Jyoti Nagar police station in whic they have questioned the clinical trials as claimed by the company.

Jyoti Nagar SHO Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay said the FIR has invoked IPC Section 420 (cheating) and Sections 4 and 7 of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurved on Tuesday launched “Coronil”, claiming it can cure COVID-19. It said the drug, when taken with another Patanjali product, had cured all coronavirus positive patients who took part in a trial within seven days.

However, the Ayush Ministry asked the company to furnish detailed report on composition, testing and other data of the drugs. It has also asked Patanjali to “stop advertising/publicising” claims of corona cure drug until the issue is examined by it.

On Wednesday, the Uttarakhand government served a notice to Patanjali Ayurved for launching a drug claiming to be a cure for COVID-19 when it had only applied for a licence to manufacture an immunity booster against cough and fever.

Uttarakhand’s Ayurved department’s licence officer Y S Rawat said the notice is being issued to the firm to explain from where it got the permission to launch a “corona kit” as a cure for the virus.

The medicine comes as a kit which consists of tablets named Coronil and Swasari Vati, and an oil named Anu Oil. Patanjali Ayurved tweeted to say that they have used active compounds of Ahwagandha, Giloy and Tulsi in the new Covid-19 medicine.

Patanjali prescribes two tablets should be consumed with hot water half an hour after each meals. This quantity is suitable for people between 15 to 80 years of age, the company says. Children between the age of 6-14 years can take this medicine, but the dosage should be half of what is prescribed for adults.

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