Central Govt bans Nimesulide, Levocetrizine combination
Through a gazette notification, the Central government has recently banned the fixed dose combination of Nimesulide + Levocetrizine announcing that the drug fixed dose combination of Nimesulide + Levocetrizine is not rational.
The decision was announced after the matter was examined by the Subject Expert Committee constituted by the Central Government and the said Committee recommended to the Central Government that the said fixed dose combination does not have therapeutic justification and the drug could be its misused and overuse in cases where a single drug is required;
After examination of the recommendations of the aforesaid Committee, the Central Government announced that it was satisfied that it is necessary and expedient in public interest to regulate by way of prohibition, the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution for human use of the said drug in the country;
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940), the Central Government, has prohibited the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution for human use of the drug fixed dose combination of Nimesulide + Levocetrizine with immediate effect.