Coronil: WHO has not certified COVID-19 medicine, Patanjali clarifies
"We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India," Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna said.
February 22, 2021 / 09:07 AM IST
Coronil launch. (PC-Patanjali)
Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna has issued a clarification over certification of Coronil, which the company claims is a medicine for COVID-19.
"We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India," Balkrishna said.
The Baba Ramdev-promoted company launched the medicine at an event where Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari were present.
Patanjal, on February 19, said Coronil had received certification from Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation as per the WHO scheme.
The company released a research paper by Haridwar-based Patanjali Research Institute to support its claims about the ayurvedic medicine.
Without naming Patanjali or Coronil, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a clarification stating that no traditional medicine for COVID-19 had been reviewed or certified.
"WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment COVID19," WHO South-East Asia said in a tweet.
Patanjali has claimed claimed Coronil is the "first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19", adding that it will benefit 158 countries.
Coronil came under scrutiny in 2020, and the AYUSH Ministry said it could be sold only as an immunity booster, and not as a cure for COVID-19.