Why Vicks Action 500 Extra is Banned in India?

Why the popular “Vicks Action 500 Extra” has been banned in India? The Indian government has prohibited the manufacture, distribution and sale of any fixed combination drugs. With immediate effect this has come into existence and Procter and Gamble (P&G) has discontinued the manufacture and sale of its popular brand ‘Vicks Action 500 Extra’.

Since the “Vicks Action 500 Extra” has the same fixed combination drugs (Paracetamol + Phenylephrine + Caffeine) that has come under the notification, the further manufacturing has been stopped.

Banned Medicines in India

Government of India has also banned manufacture, sale and distribution of fixed dose combination of chlopheniramine maleate plus codiene syrup which is used in the cough syrups.

What are Fixed Combination Drugs?

Fixed-Dose Combination (FDC) drugs are used worldwide to improve the patiences’ condition by taking just one tablet (drug) instead of many. In the case of Vicks Action 500 Extra, it has got the combination of paracetamol with phenylephrine and caffeine. Instead of taking each separately, a patient can take one tablet which has the combination of all these.

What Other Tablets/Medicines are Banned in India?

With the recent notification by DCGI (Drug Controller General of India), Pfizer has stopped the sale of their popular cough syrup Corex. Similarly, Abbott has stopped sale of their cough syrup Phensedyl. Government of India has banned over 300 Fixed-Dose Combination medicines in the country.

“Vicks Action 500 Extra” is one among the 300 FDC medicines/drugs in India. Vicks VapoRub is made by Procter & Gamble which is sold as an Ayurvedic medicine in India doesn’t come in the list of banned drugs.

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