Baba Ramdev’s claims on Patanjali’s Coronil as the first evidence based medicine for Covid-19 has drawn criticism from the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The IMA has questioned the Health Minister as to how he can promote a falsely fabricated, unscientific product and such false projections in front of the whole country.
The medical organization said being a Health Minister of the country, how appropriate and rational is it to release such false projections before the country? Being a Health Minister of the country, how justified is it to release such falsely fabricated unscientific products to people of the whole country? Being a Health Minister of the country, how ethical is it to promote the product in unethical, wrong and false ways to the whole country? Being a Health Minister of the country and a Modern Medicine doctor, how ethical is it to promote the unscientific product to the citizens of the country.
Baba Ramdev had released a research paper on last Friday and claimed that it was the first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19 by Patanjali– Coronil. The paper was released in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The poster behind the three claimed that the Coronil was approved by CoPP and WHO GMP- meaning it holds a certificate of pharmaceutical product (CoPP) and is recognised by the World Health Organisation’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
WHO, however, clarified in a tweet that it had not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment or prevention Covid-19.
IMA said it was shocked to note the blatant lie of WHO certification for a secret medicine launched in the presence of the Health Minister, who is a doctor as well. If Coronil was effective, why was the government spending Rs 35,000 crores for vaccination, asked the IMA in a statement.
Meanwhile, Patanjali Ayurved managing director Acharya Balkrishna put out a clarification saying the company want to clarify to avoid confusion that the WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India. It is clear that WHO do not approve or disapprove any drugs. WHO works for building a better, healthier future for people all over the world.
Last year, Coronil was licensed as an immunity booster after a huge surge in the number of coronavirus infections in the country. Patanjali’s claims about the clinical trials and the evidence were questioned, and the central Ayush Ministry ordered it to stop advertising it as a Covid cure.