By Arré Bench Jun. 25, 2020
Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved did not get an approval from the government to make a coronavirus kit. The clinical trials were only conducted on asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients.
Patanjali’s new coronavirus kit, which the company’s founder Baba Ramdev claims can cure Covid-19, has been the subject of much scrutiny. After the yoga guru began endorsing Coronil and Swasari in televised press conferences, the Centre and state governments have distanced themselves from the wonder Ayurvedic drugs.
Ramadev’s Patanjali sponsored cornona kit trial didn’t even test patients with moderate symptoms & even mild symptomatic patients, had to be treated with allopathic drugs when they showed #Covid_19 symptoms like fever. Details in @IndianExpress 👇 https://t.co/McGY5Gelat
— Kaunain Sheriff (@kaunain_s) June 25, 2020
The first to raise objections was the Ministry of Ayush. On Tuesday, the day of the supposed launch of the “coronavirus kit”, it ordered the company to stop publicising claims of a cure until it could look into the matter.
Breaking: Coronil will not be allowed to be sold in the market until all clearances are given: Ayush ministry. Ukhand govt claims Patanjali applied for immunity booster/cough and fever, not mentioned Covid anywhere.. @IndiaToday
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 24, 2020
A day later, the Uttarakhand government stepped in, announcing that Patanjali Ayurved had not mentioned that it was going to market the drug as a cure for the new coronavirus when it had applied for a licence. “We will issue them a notice asking how they got permission to make the coronavirus kit,” an official was quoted as saying.
As per Patanjali’s application, we issued them license. They didn’t mention coronavirus, we only approved license for immunity booster, cough & fever. We’ll issue them a notice asking how they got permission to make the kit (for COVID19): Licence Officer, Uttarakhand Ayurved Dept pic.twitter.com/I7CWKoJhbK
— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2020
The Rajasthan government, meanwhile, said it had no knowledge of clinical trials taking place at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Jaipur.
In fact this private institute where the trial was conducted also has a murky past. It seems to have no prior experience in conducting clinical trials and has in the past been accused for violating rules, Scroll.in reported.
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) June 24, 2020
In fact, according to The Indian Express, when patients included in the “trial” began to show even mild symptoms, they were administered allopathic drugs instead of the supposed Ayurvedic cure. The trials, the report says, were only conducted on asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic individuals.
“This is just an interim report with a sample size of 100 Covid-19 patients. The final report and the findings will be published after 15-25 days and then it will be sent for peer review,” an official told the newspaper, admitting the study hadn’t been peer reviewed.
What Patanjali won’t tell you about Ramdev’s corona kit, @kaunain_s and @manwithaquill do: * allopathic drugs used in trials * only symptomatic & mildly symptomatic patients taken * U’khand says no licence to kit * Rajasthan says process not followed https://t.co/qNqmESIPVv
— P Vaidyanathan Iyer (@iyervaidy) June 25, 2020
Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma demanded legal action from the centre against #BabaRamdev for misleading people at the time of #COVID19 crisis and declared that anyone selling or distributing #Coronil pills will be put behind bars.@asnaniraajeshhttps://t.co/upCjentAfv
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) June 25, 2020
According to another report, it turns out that even the administration in Indore, which had earlier allowed Patanjali to do trials on its Ayurvedic drug, had cancelled its order two days later. The administration had said that it would wait for government approval before giving the go-ahead as far back as March 24.
— ParanjoyGuhaThakurta (@paranjoygt) June 24, 2020
On Thursday, even the Maharashtra government warned that legal action will be taken against Patanjali if they try to advertise their coronavirus kits in the state.
Maharashtra govt will take legal action against Patanjali if they try to advertise or sell their anti-Corona drug as AYUSH Ministry is yet to approve the medicine: Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra Home Minister (File pic) pic.twitter.com/bYTHnYD0Q6
— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2020
Despite all these warnings, and lack of clarity over the clinical trials that the company claims showed a 100 per cent recovery rate, Baba Ramdev continues to appear on news channels claiming he has the cure. The kits even have a price tag to them — ₹545.
Condoms have 98% effectiveness
Contraceptive pill has 99% effectiveness
Even Polio Vaccine has 99% effectiveness
But Baba Ramdev says his medicine #CORONIL has 100% recovery rate.
He deserves a Nobel Prize in Medicine if his claim is true.
— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) June 23, 2020
With the chorus of experts demanding more information about the trials conducted growing, hopefully we will have some more clarity. Until then, it’s best to treat Coronil as an immunity booster, just like good old Chyawanprash.