The Ministry of Ayush and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) announced that the Ayurvedic Medicine, Coronil, which has been claimed by Patanjali, to be a cure to COVID-19, has not yet been officially recognised by the Government. The facts of the claim and the details of the mentioned scientific study are not known to the Ministry.
Patanjali has been informed that such advertisements of drugs including Ayurvedic Medicines are regulated under the provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 and Rules thereunder and the directives issued by the Central Government in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to that, the Ministry has earlier issued a Gazette Notification No. L.11011/8/2020/AS, dated 21st April, 2020, stating the requirements and the manner, the research studies on COVID-19 with Ayush interventions/medicines should be undertaken.
Patanjali has been asked to provide the details of the name and composition of the medicines, which are being claimed as a cure to COVID-19, to the Ministry as soon as possible. In addition to that, Patanjali must submit informations on site(s)/hospital(s), where the research study was conducted; protocol, sample size, Institutional Ethics Committee Clearance, CTRI registration and results data of the studies. The company has also been ordered to stop advertising such claims, as long as the issue is not properly examined. The ministry has also urged the concerned State Licensing Authority of Uttarakhand Government to provide copies of license and product approval details of the Ayurvedic Medicines, being claimed for the treatment of COVID-19.
Patanjali Ayurved Limited, an Indian Ayurvedic Company, has claimed on Monday (22nd June, 2020), that it has successfully manufactured a medicine which it claims to be a cure to COVID-19. Yoga Guru Ramdev introduced the medicine ceremonially during an event.