Many drugs which have been banned by the Government continue to be available in the market due to stay orders and other similar Court interventions, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar says.

He told the Lok Sabha that though 439 drugs, including cough syrups like Phensedyl and Corex, have been denied permission to be sold or distributed in the country, some can still be found on pharmacy shelves as the manufacturers approached the courts and secured stay orders.

However, Government is making all efforts to vacate such stays so that the ban, imposed after due examination of samples of the medicines, can be imposed, he said.

The Minister clarified that the ban was imposed by the nodal Central Drug Standard Control Organisation, which works independently. “Manufacturing and marketing of banned drugs is a punishable offence under Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the State Licensing Authorities are empowered to take action in such cases,” he added.


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