Mumbai: FDA begins crackdown on fake Ayurvedic medicines, 57 drugs seized

The samples which have been seized by the Food and Drug Department, have been sent to the laboratory for testing. FDA officers say as people are opting for Ayurveda as an alternative medicine, the business of bogus drugs has been increasing. In order to curb this, the government should make registration mandatory for all Ayurvedic medicine stores


  • The Food and Drug Department (FDA) has made a crackdown on the Ayurvedic drug shops in the state.
  • In the past three years, the FDA has seized 57 bogus Ayurvedic medicines from the sellers
  • FDA officers say the stores selling Ayurvedic medicine are not governed by the state and the time has come to bring them under the ambit of the law.

The stores which sell bogus Ayurvedic medicines have come under the scanner of the Maharashtra FDA.

In order to stop the illegal sale of bogus Ayurvedic medicines, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to make the registration for the Ayurvedic medicine stores mandatory. In the past three years, the FDA has seized 57 bogus Ayurvedic medicines.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Joint Commissioner Amrut Nikhade said, “As people are opting for Ayurveda as an alternate form of medicine. The illegal market of the Ayurvedic drugs has been thriving over the years. The FDA had received a number of complaints and acting upon those we have seized 57 Ayurveda drugs. During our investigation, we found out that allopathy medicines were mixed in with these drugs.”

The FDA has sent the samples to Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad laboratories for further testing.

Figures of Bogus ayurvedic medicines seized over the last three years:

Year            Drugs seized

2015 – 16                  19

2016 – 17                  21

2017- 18                   17

Dr Madhura Kulkarni, an Ayurvedic practitioner while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “Bogus medicines are being sold on a brand name in the market. These medicines can cause a health issue to the common people. The action which is taken by the FDA is welcome. The government must bring the Ayurvedic drug stores under the ambit of the law and make registration mandatory as well.”