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Ayush Ministry wanted the Registrar of TCMC to direct Ernakulam Medical Centre Kochi against the spread of misleading information about traditional Ayush systems of medicines

Coming down heavily on an alleged derogatory remark made and documented by the head of gastroenterology department of a major private hospital in Ernakulam in Kerala against use of traditional medicines, the Union ministry of Ayush wanted the Registrar of the Travancore-Cochin Medical Council (TCMC) to direct the hospital management to remove the remarks from the documents of the hospital.

If the hospital does not remove the printed comments, the Ayush ministry will be compelled to initiate defamatory proceedings against the hospital management, says the letter.

The letter of the Ayush ministry, signed by Sheila Tirkey, under secretary to Government of India, says that the Head of Department (HoD) of Gastroenterology and Liver Unit at the Ernakulam Medical Centre (EMC) in Kochi has spread misleading information about traditional Ayush systems of medicines. Dr. Philip Augustine, the HoD, gave his advice in writing to a patient against use of Ayush medicines. The letter cites his comment, “do not use AYUSH based systems of medicines or traditional/folk medicines/herbal supplements without scientific clinical evidence for the same in the diagnosed disease conditions,” as derogatory and misleading.

The union ministry has found that dissemination of misleading information on traditional and herbal medicines will tantamount to deliberately tarnishing the image of Ayush systems and infringe the faith of people in the traditional systems of medicines.

The ministry’s letter to the TCMC is in response to a reference by an Ayurveda physician, Dr M P Mithra, a retired senior medical officer from Ayurveda department in Kottayam. He has shared the copy of the written advice of Dr. Philip Augustine with the union government.

Taking the comment made by the gastroenterology as derogatory, MoA has pointed out that the Ayush systems are officially recognized systems of medicines and their regulatory and quality control mechanisms have been established in accordance with the provisions of the drugs and cosmetics act 1940 and the rules 1945.

Government has exclusive regulatory provisions for licensing, manufacturing, labeling, shelf-life and testing of these drugs. Besides, state governments are responsible for enforcing the legal provisions for Ayush medicines through regulatory departments. For the manufacture of Ayush drugs, the manufacturers have to follow the good manufacturing practices (GMP) as well as quality standards as prescribed in the D&C Rules. There are system-specific pharmacopoeia for Ayush drugs, which are mandatory for the manufacturers to follow.

On quality aspects of the medicines, the union ministry informs TCMC that quality and authenticity of the ayurvedic medicines are checked on the basis of standards of identity, purity and strength prescribed in the pharmacopoeia. For this, the Union government has set up one Pharmacopoeal Laboratory of Indian Medicines (PLIM) in Ghaziabad as an appellate laboratory. In addition to this, there are 27 state drug testing laboratories and 55 laboratories approved under the provisions of the D&C Rules for testing Ayurveda medicines and raw materials. State governments have appointed drug inspectors to inspect the manufacturing sites and taking samples for testing and analysis.

In this respect, MoA feels that ‘Dr. Philip Augustin’s act of printing a derogatory advisory is misleading, malafide and uncalled for’. The ministry wanted the Registrar of TCMC to direct the hospital management to remove the remark from the documents of the Ernakulam Medical Centre under intimation to the ministry.

Criticizing the defamatory remark on Ayurveda, the general secretary of the Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturers Organisation of India (AMMOI) and managing director of Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy, Dr D Ramanathan, said the quality of all the ayurvedic formulations and also of the raw drugs are tested by the law enforcement department in every state. Besides, the regulators are frequently inspecting the manufacturing units and only after the verification of compliance of all regulatory provisos, they give licences to manufacture each medicinal product. He said the comments of the gastroenterologist is defaming and maligning the reputation of the centuries old classical medicines of the country.

Source: www.pharmabiz.com
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