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Govt bans Saridon, 328 other combination drugs: Here’s the full list

Indian Express 2018-09-13 20:36:03
Combination drugs are used to improve patients’ compliance, as it is easier to get patients to take one drug rather than several.

In a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, the central government has banned a total of 329 combination drugs. However, the ban has been lauded by health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines.

In July, an expert panel of the health ministry, after reviewing 349 fixed drug combinations (FDCs), recommended that 343 of them should be “prohibited” and the remaining six should be “restricted or regulated”. In December last year, the Supreme Court had directed the health ministry’s expert body, Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), for a fresh review of safety, efficacy and therapeutic justification of these 349 FDCs. Therefore, the DTAB formed a sub-committee, which studied the issue and submitted its recommendations on Wednesday.

FDC means a combination of two or more drugs in a fixed dosage ratio. Some of the banned drugs were: Cefixime + Azithromycin, Ofloxacin + Ornidazole Suspension, Metronidazole + Norfloxacin, and Paracetamol + Propyphenazone + Caffeine (trade name Saridon).

Here is the complete list of 329 combination drugs that have been banned in the country

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