“Minister, Country Needs Explanation”: IMA ‘shocked’ on Patanjali’s claim on Coronil
On Monday, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) expressed shock over the “blatant lie of WHO certification” for Patanjali’s Coronil tablet. IMA demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. The company claims that Coronil is an evidence-based medicine to fight Covid-19.
On Friday, Baba Ramdev launched Patanjali’s Coronil in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and another Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari. Ramdev says that the patanjali product is the “first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19”.
Coronil’s launch has drawn extreme criticism from the medical body of India, Indian Medical Association (IMA). The association has raised questions on the Health Minister and asked how he is promoting a “falsely fabricated, unscientific product” before the country.
During the launch event, a big poster behind Ramdev and the ministers claimed that the “medicine” was CoPP and WHO GMP certified. It meant that Coronil held a certificate of pharmaceutical product (CoPP) and is recognised by the World Health Organisation’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). CoPP and GMP are standards which approximately define quality assurance in medicinal products.
However, the World Health Organisation clarified in a tweet that it did not review or certify any traditional medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19. WHO South-East Asia tweeted, “@WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment #COVID19.”
IMA was shocked to note the “blatant lie” of WHO certification for a “secret medicine” launched in the presence of the Health Minister, who himself is a doctor.
On Monday, the medical organisation said, “Being Health Minister of the country, how justified is it to release such falsely fabricated unscientific product to people of the whole country…can you clarify the time frame, time line for the so-called clinical trial of this said anti-corona product?”
IMA demanded explanation from the Health Minister and said, “The country needs an explanation from the minister. The Indian Medical Association will also write to National Medical Commission for seeking suo moto explanation for his blatant disrespect to the code of conduct of Medical Council of India,”
IMA further asked, “If Coronil was effective for prevention, why was the government spending ₹ 35,000 crores for vaccination.”
Patanjali Ayurved managing director Acharya Balkrishna also put out a clarification shortly before the WHO tweet.
On 23rd June, 2020, Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurved introduced ayurveda-based Coronil. At that time the pandemic was at its peak. Its introduction got itself into a huge controversy over its claims. After facing severe criticism the AYUSH Ministry said Coronil can be sold only as an immunity-booster and not as a cure.