The Indian Health Ministry has suspended the sale of two drugs – painkiller Analgin and anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone and all its combinations .
While the ban on Analgin in India has come after almost 36 years after the drug was banned in the US (which banned it in 1977), Pioglitazone was pulled out of France in 2011 for an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Analgin was withdrawn from Sweden in 1997 for the risk of causing a sharp fall in white blood cells, a potentially fatal condition. It is still being marketed in India, the house panel noted. The drug is also banned in France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan among a host of other countries. Pioglitazone, howevercontinues to be sold in most other major markets, including the US, the UK, Japan, Canada.
Some of the commonly sold brands in India consisting these salts are: (not limited to)
Pioglitazone & Its combinations:
- Pioz & Pioz G
- P Glitz
- Pioglit G
- Gluconorm PGL
- Amaryl -P
Analgin & Its combinations:
- Baralgan M
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