This is with regard to the article dated April 15 published on Scroll.in entitled “Under the Microscope: AYUSH Ministry’s dubious claims about Ayurvedic drugs for Diabetes, Malaria” (Editor’s note: The headline was subsequently changed to “Under the microscope: Questionable claims about Ayurvedic drugs for diabetes, malaria”).
- The above mentioned article, which is stated to be an excerpt from the book India Misinformed: The True Story, has come to the notice of the Ministry of AYUSH and it is to convey that the publication is objectionable and unfounded with malintention for defaming the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
- In this regard it is to clarify that as per the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules thereunder, the licenses and approval of the Ayurvedic product formulations are not granted by the Ministry of AYUSH rather by the licensing authorities appointed by the state governments. The Ayurvedic medicinal products alleged in the article are based on the formulations developed by CCRAS [Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences] and CSIR [Council of Scientific and Industrial Research] institutions and their manufacturing technology transferred to the drug manufactures through National Research and Development Corporation and approval granted to them by the respective State Licensing Authorities under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 pertaining to licensed manufacturing.
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