CHANDIGARH: Who has the right cure for the country’s maladies — Congress or BJP? While the verdict on this is still not out, news of nimesulide and paracetamol tablets being branded as NaMo and Ragaflam has not gone down well with the Food And Drug Authority (FDA) of Haryana.
A team of inspectors reached the distributor of grugs in Gurgaon on Saturday and took samples to ensure that they were not substandard. Sources said the “political pills” are being manufactured in Daman and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Namo tablets, a composition of nimesulide and paracetamol, is used for treating fever and headache while Ragaflam contains diclofenac and paracetamol for providing quick relief from pain.
The drug department officials are also investigating if these medicines are being manufactured after due approval from the state licensing authority.
These medicines’ names bear no close resemblance to the salts they are composed of, which is rare for generic (unbranded) medicines.
“In Gurgaon, we found that the distributor was out of the state till April 9. The FDA officers have been directed to keep a check on the sale of the medicine. After it is legally sampled and if it is found to be violating any statutory provisions, we will take appropriate action,” said Haryana FDA joint commissioner and state drug controller G L Singhal. The drug names are generally unacceptable under the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act. “Such names continue only until the elections. Under the Act, no one can claim treatment for disorders, which are not curable. Similarly, naming a tablet for advertisement of politicians can be misleading as it can be a hype and may not work effectively,” said S Jain, retired drug officer, Chandigarh.