Baba Ramdev launches ayurvedic corona treatment; Ministry of Ayush says all claims...

Baba Ramdev launches ayurvedic corona treatment; Ministry of Ayush says all claims need to be verified

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Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved on Tuesday rolled out what it said was the world’s first ayurvedic treatment for Covid-19 called Coronil and Swasari and claimed all clinical trials for the product were in place, following which Ministry of Ayush directed Patanjali to stop advertising and publicising its claims till the issue is duly examined.

“The entire country and the world was waiting for medicine or vaccine for corona. The research-based medicine we have launched has shown 100% recovery within 3-7 days,” the yoga guru announced on Tuesday.

Reacting to the development, the Ministry of Ayush said in a statement that claims and details of the stated scientific study are not known to it. “In order to make the ministry aware of the facts and verify its claims, Patanjali Ayurved has been asked to provide at the earliest details of the name and composition of the medicines being claimed for Covid treatment; sites and hospitals where the research study was conducted, protocol, sample size, and institutional ethics committee clearance, registration and results data of the studies,” the Ministry said.

Baba Ramdev said the medicines which would be in pharma stores and online within a week would also be exported to countries which required the medicines. “We have invested in this and are confident about the results; the medicines have no side effects,” he said from Patanjali’s headquarters in Haridwar.

Dr Jaideep Arya, central chief co-ordinator, Patanjali Yogpeeth tweeted that the clinical trials were jointly done by Patanjali and NIMS, Jaipur. “The results were amazing within three days, 69% patients got cured from positive viral infection and within seven days 100% patients got cured.”

Patanjali Ayurved, which sells a gamut of personal care and packaged foods products including noodles, biscuits and toothpaste and had forced almost all consumer goods companies to accelerate their presence in the ayurveda space, has now stirred mass conversations with the Corona cure. Coronil was trending online through the day.

Doctors, however, want to add a word of caution, adding that there is no scientific evidence of any alternative cure for the deadly virus, and it claims needed to be explored before they endorse the product.

“This news while encouraging, should be accepted as real only once it’s clear that the supporting studies were conducted with the same scientific rigour as any other drug trial in Covid-19 research,” said Dr Arvinder Singh Soin, chairman Medanta Liver institute. Dr Soin is also leading a multicentre trial on Covid-19.

Dr Soin further said that there is a need to look behind the science. “If their drug has cured Covid-19 in a properly designed randomised controlled trial, the medical fraternity should look at it favourably and support it. The kind of patients (mild/moderate/severe) that benefited, whether the treated patients cleared their virus earlier, or recovered from their symptoms faster or whether this saved lives of those who had severe Covid-19 are some of the questions that will need answering before we endorse it,” he further said.

Adding that it is important to check whether the patients received any other concomitant treatment which could confound the results, he said: “Just because we are all waiting for some good news, we should resist the temptation to accept this impulsively,” he said.

Dr. D.C Katoch, joint advisor in the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who is assigned with the responsibility of AYUSH Drug Control matters, said that the ministry doesn’t grant permission for the trials.

Updated numbers show over 4.4 lakh positive Covid-19 cases in India, which includes 14,011 deaths.

An existing government notification prevents companies from promoting a cure for the coronavirus without government approval.





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