• TOI | 04-Jun-2023 12:40

    Govt bans 14 combination drugs used to treat common ailments

    The Government has banned 14 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs due to potential risk. An expert committee recommended the ban, citing lack of therapeutic justification for the ingredients in these FDCs and the potential harm they may pose to human beings. FDCs refer to combining two or more drugs in a fixed ratio to develop a single dosage form. According to an editorial published in 2016 in Indian Journal of Pharmacology, FDCs are justified when they demonstrate clear benefits in terms of therapeutic efficacy, reducing the incidence of adverse effects of drugs, better compliance by reducing the pill burden and decreasing development of resistance among others. The editorial, authored by Dr Y K Gupta, former head of pharmacology division at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Dr Suganthi S Ramachandra, classified the available FDCs in India as ‘the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. The ‘good’ FDCs were defined as ones having strong justification like carbidopa + lev

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