Health Ministry bans 80 more Fixed-Dose Combination drugs
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The Union health ministry has banned 80 more fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs which include antibiotics, painkillers, medicines used for treating fungal and bacterial infections, hypertension and anxiety. With this, the total number of banned FDCs now stand at 405. Another 325 drugs were banned in September 2018, the detailed list can be read here

The FDCs are banned on the recommendation of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), which examined their rationality and safety. According to a notification issued by the ministry, the drugs that are banned include antibiotics like Cefglobe OZ, Taxim -OZ, drugs used for treating bacterial and fungal infections such as Orflaz kit and Vaginobact, hypertension drugs Telipril H and Loram H and anti-anxiety drug Resta, which is a combination of paracetamol and alprazolam.

These 80 drugs are part of a list of 294 drugs that were first banned in November 2007 as they were licensed without the approval of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). Drug manufacturers challenged the ban in the Madras High Court and managed to get a stay on proceedings.

DTAB then constituted a sub-committee to examine the rationality and safety of the drugs and found that there is no therapeutic justification for these 80 drugs, and based on its recommendation, the health ministry – in a notification dated January 11, 2019 – prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of these drugs.

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The ministry notification enlisting the 80 banned drugs can be read here:
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