The central government keeps on reviewing the medicines sold in the country from time to time. In this series, the government has banned 14 Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) medicines, which means these medicines will no longer be sold in the market.
There are many such medicines in these medicines, which people buy on their own from a medicine shop to get instant relief. The Union Health Ministry has given this information by issuing a gadget notification.
The central government has banned these medicines on the advice of an expert committee. These medicines were expected to harm the health of the people. The committee found that these 14 medicines are benefiting the health of the people, its information could not be confirmed, nor has any justification been found.
What are FDC drugs?
FDC stands for Fixed Dose Combination. These medicines are a combination of two or more medicines. These are also called ‘cocktail’ drugs. There has often been talk about FDCs whether such combinations should be made or not. There is a ban on the abundance of FDC drugs in the US and many other countries. The more FDC drugs are sold in India, the more they are hardly used in any developed country. Many questions have been raised on the proportion of these medicines and their effects.
How can the combination of FDC medicines be done?
On top of each medicine its formulation i.e. generic name is written. In this, it is clearly told that which salts this medicine is a mixture of. For example, Saridon is a combination of paracetamol, propifenazone and caffeine. Some of the similar combinations are- Cefixime and Azithromycin, Efloxin, Onidazole and Oridazole Suspension, Metronidazole and a combination of Norflaxin. That is, whenever you buy the medicine, do check its combination above it.