Mums beware, Indian government has banned these commonly used medicines!
The Indian government has banned around 344 fixed dose combination drugs due to the potential risks that they pose to Indians, especially kids
The Indian government has banned around 344 fixed dose combination drugs—a ban which could drastically affect prominent healthcare companies such as Pfizer, Abott, and Glenmark Pharma—due to the potential risks that they pose to Indians, especially kids.
What are fixed dose combination drugs?
Fixed dose combination drugs (FDCs) are medicines that have two or more drugs which have been combined in a fixed ratio but are available in a single dose. A report published in the Hindustan times says that the expert committee had reviewed over 6,000 medicines and put them under the scanner due to their supposed health risks they have.
In addition, some of the drugs were banned because they cause antibiotic resistance. The goverment also plans to ban 500 more drugs. The top five therapeutic categories under the scanner are anti-diabetic drugs, respiratory drugs, analgesics, anti-infective and gastro-intestinal drugs, says the report.
The most commonly used medicines in the list include:
- Vicks Action 500
- Crocin cold and flu
- O2 and
- Dolo Cold
- paediatric syrup T-98
How to counter Antibiotic resistance?
While the ban could mean a big loss for the Indian Pharmaceutical industry, the truth is that antibiotic resistance has become a big problem in kids today. A major study, conducted by the Bristol Uiveristy and Imperial College London, has found that half of children are now resistant to some of the most common antibiotics, which would make future treatment “ineffective”. The global research, involving almost 80,000 samples found that many of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics had high levels of resistance.
"Antibiotic resistance is becoming rampant in India as well due to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics that is happening in the country, " says Dr Rahul Manchanda, MD, Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgeon, PSRI hospital in New Delhi. He gives the following tips that parents should keep in mind while using antibiotics.
- People in India have a habit of not completing the full antibiotics course when giving them to their kids, which is really dangerous.
- This is why you should always stick to the doctor's prescription. For example, if the doctor has asked to give a particular drug for five days then the full-five day period should be completed. Don't stop the course in two- three days, otherwise bugs become resistant to the medicine over a period of time.
- Over the counter medicines should not be prescribed by chemists. They should be given by a registered doctor.
- Always see that you are using lower grade of antibiotics for smaller infections. Do not immediately start with a higher dose of antibiotics.
"The important thing is building your child's immunity naturally by not keeping the kids closeted and letting them run around and play in mud and parks. As parents you have to be careful, but not overprotective," concludes Dr Manchanda.