Nepal has banned the import of medicines of 16 Indian companies. Earlier, the World Health Organization had issued a warning about drugs related to cough syrup after children died in African countries. Following this, Nepal banned the importation of certain companies’ medicines. Nepal Drug Regulatory Authority has released the list of banned companies. The list includes 16 Indian pharmaceutical companies including Divya Pharmacy. Divya Pharmacy manufactures Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali products.
The ban on these drug companies’
The drugs of Radiant Parenterals Ltd., Mercury Laboratories Ltd., Alliance Biotech, Captab Biotech Ltd., Aglomed Ltd., Sea Laboratories Ltd., Daffodils Pharmaceuticals Ltd., GLGS Pharma Ltd., Unijules Life Science Ltd. and Concept Pharmaceuticals Pvt.
Apart from this, the list includes large companies like Anand Life Sciences Ltd., IPCA Laboratories Ltd., Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Dial Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Aglomed Ltd. and Macure Laboratories Ltd. Nepal’s ban is based on the fact that these companies have failed to meet WHO standards.
The action was taken after inspecting the manufacturing facilities of the pharmaceutical companies that applied to export their products to our country. Department spokesperson Santosh KC said that a list of companies that do not comply with WHO standards has been prepared and published and the ban is based on this.
Companies not complying with the norms
In April and July, the department sent a team of drug inspectors to inspect the manufacturing units of pharmaceutical companies that applied to supply drugs to Nepal. Some companies’ products did not follow the required procedures. Some companies do not adhere to standard manufacturing practices. Some of these companies’ products were used in critical care, dental cartridges and vaccines.
Four cough syrups manufactured in Haryana have started controversies. It was alleged that 66 children died in the Gambia due to syrups from Maiden Pharmaceuticals. The World Health Organization also warns against this.