Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, in a written reply, said the Interdisciplinary Technical Review Committee (ITRC) setup by the AYUSH ministry reviewed the application submitted by the Patanjali Research Foundation Trust for “updating the AYUSH license for Divya Coronil tablet” from ‘immunity booster’ to ‘medicine for COVID-19’.
The committee suggested that the tablet may be used as supporting measure in Covid management, she said.
“The application titled ‘Updating AYUSH license for Divya Coronil tablet from Immunity booster to Medicine for COVID-19’ submitted by Patanjali Research Foundation Trust, Haridwar, Uttarakhand to this Ministry, was placed before the ITRC on October 27, 2020 for examination of the applications/claims on patent and propriety (P&P) ASU&H medicines with new indications or repurposing of licensed P&P, ASU&H medicines for COVID-19,” Pawar said in her reply.
“The ITRC reviewed the study and it was suggested that it may be used as a supporting measure in Covid. The State Licensing Authority was also informed that Coronil tablet may be used as supporting measure in the management of COVID-19 without claiming cure,” she added.
The MoS was responding to a question on whether the Centre has upgraded the license for Patanjali Ayurved’s Coronil from an “immunity booster” to a “supporting measure” in treating COVID-19 and the details thereof along with the data/studies based on which such an upgrade was approved.
Explaining the rules under which such an approval was granted, Pawar said the regulatory provisions for granting license and approval of Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs are prescribed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945.
The Section 3(a) and Section 3(h) define all Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani medicines intended for internal or external use for or in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of diseases or disorder in human beings or animals, and manufactured exclusively in accordance with the formulae described in, the authoritative books of Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani Tibb systems of medicine, specified in the First Schedule.
“The State Licensing Authority Uttarakhand has granted license of drug Coronil after examination of the application submitted by the applicant. The State Licensing Authority Ayurveda, Government of Uttarakhand was informed that Coronil tablet may be used as supporting measure in the management of COVID-19 without claiming cure,” the minister added.