Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside Centre’s decision to ban 344 fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines. “Centre went about in haphazard manner while banning the 344 FDCs and took the decision without following procedure prescribed under the statute,” HC said. The Health Ministry had banned 344 fixed drug combinations through a gazette notification issued in March this year. The drugs include brands like Corex cough syrup, Vicks Action 500 extra and D’Cold.
The ban, which came into effect immediately, followed the recommendations of an expert committee formed to examine the efficacy of these drug combinations. The court gave it’s verdict responding to one of the 450 petitions filed by drug and healthcare majors challenging the Centre’s decision The court had on March 14 stayed the Centre’s March 10 ban on 344 FDC drugs and this interim order was passed in each and every case filed before it thereafter. During arguments, the drug companies had argued that the ban order was passed without considering clinical data and had termed as “absurd” the government’s claim that it took the decision to ban FDCs on the ground that safer alternatives were available.