Ramdev baba’s Patanjali last Tuesday launched ‘Coronil and Swasari’ medicines which they claimed to be the ayurvedic cure for Corona virus.
“We’ve prepared the first Ayurvedic-clinically controlled, research, evidence and trial-based medicine for COVID-19. We conducted a clinical case study and clinical controlled trial, and found 69% patients recovered in 3 days and 100% patients recovered in 7 days,” Baba Ramdev said at the launch event.
But since then Coronil came under fire when the Ministry of Ayush– regulator of Ayurvedic drugs in India,stopped Patanjali from publicising a Covid cure without an appropriate licence or proof and in its statement said that it has taken notice of the news floating in media about medicines developed for treatment of Covid-19 by Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. Facts of the claim and details of the stated scientific study are not known to the Ministry. It asked Patanjali to provide details of the composition of the medicines as well as its sample size, sites and hospitals where research was conducted and ethic panel clearance.
In an attempt to clear misunderstandings, Patanjali released an official statement that denied that they have made a ‘corona kit’ and instead had only packed the following medicines – ‘Divya Swasari Vati’, “Divya Coronil Tablet’ & ‘Divya Anu Tail’ in a packing box for shipping purpose. They further denied selling any ‘coronil kit’ or having publicised it against the treatment of corona, instead they have only promoted successful trial of it.
The trials were done on young healthy patients with a mean age of 35-45 with no co- morbid conditions or pre existing disease as well as they were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms. Whereas elderly and people with co-morbidities are more at risk of dying due to infection.
The trial was done on 100 coronavirus positive patients of which 95 were studied, 1 was lost in follow up and 4 withdrew consent. The patients were divided in two groups. One group was provided with the medicine whereas the other group was under placebo. Acharya Balakrishna, MD of Patanjali Ayurveda had earlier claimed that after taking their medicine the patients were cured in 3-14 days and tested negative. The clinically controlled study was done in collaboration with National Institute of Medical Sciences, Jaipur.
The coronil claim is not verifiable due to absence of any published study. According to the report by The Print experts said it is difficult to comment on the efficacy of the drug based on the claims of the Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurveda.“The sample size seems to be too low to make a claim on efficacy as they have announced. Moreover, in the absence of any published study which is peer-reviewed, the data is just a claim that is not verifiable,” said Anant Bhan, adjunct professor and researcher in bioethics at Mangaluru’s Yenepoya University.
On Wednesday, yoga guru swami Ramdev while addressing a press conference in Haridwar announced that all issues with the Ayush Ministry have been resolved and their medicine have been labelled as a ‘Covid 19 management drug’ and will be available in markets across the country. He also pointed out that Patanjali had followed all legal procedures while testing their medicine and after carrying out successful clinical control drug trials on asymptomatic and mild cases, plans on carrying out advanced stage research on serious patients.