The association questioned the ethics of the Union Health Minister for his presence as a physician and health minister in a Patanjali program.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday lashed out at Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for supporting Patanjali’s coronil. Coronil was relaunched for the purpose of treating COVID-19, although the World Health Organization (WHO) has questioned Patanjali’s claim. IMA said that according to the Code of Medical Council of India which is binding on every modern medical doctor, no doctor can promote any medicine. However, it is surprising that the Health Minister himself is a modern medical doctor, found promoting the medicine.
The IMA said that the spread of an unscientific drug made in the presence of the country’s Health Minister in a wrong and concocted manner, which was later rejected by the WHO, is an insult to the entire country. The association questioned the ethics of the Union Health Minister for his presence as a physician and health minister at a program of Ayurvedic pharmaceutical firm Patanjali run by Yogguru Ramdev.
Association mentioned this rule
The association cited an article under the National Medical Commission (erstwhile MCI) that does not allow a physician to promote a drug. The IMA stated that under section 6: 1: 1, a doctor cannot give approval, recommendation, endorsement, certificate, report or statement in respect of a medicine to any person with his name, signature, whether it is compensation. For or for any other purpose.
Harshvardhan and Gadkari were present in the program
The association said that it would write a letter to the NMC for taking suo motu cognizance of “disrespect to the code of conduct of Medical Council of India” and seeking clarification from Harsh Vardhan. Harsh Vardhan and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari were also present at the event held on 19 February. Patanjali described coronil tablets as “the first evidence-based drug for COVID-19”. In this program, Ayurvedic firm co-founder Baba Ramdev claimed that Ayurvedic medicine has received certification from the World Health Organization (WHO), which was later denied in an official UN tweet.