Government of India banned manufacture and sale of 344 FDC drugs

Date: March 15, 2016

Vicks Action 500 Extra Corex and Phensedyl

The government of India has prohibited manufacture, sale and distribution of 344 Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs that are likely to involve risk to human beings (when safer alternatives to the said drugs were available). It has issued a gazette notification to this effect on March 10.


An expert committee said these drugs were found to have no therapeutic justification.

Following the advisory, Assistant Directors and Drug Inspectors of the DCA have been instructed to recall/ensure complete withdrawal of the said FDC drugs from the market with immediate effect and inform to the head office the quantity recalled, on a daily basis.

Consequently the manufacture and sale of Vicks Action 500 Extra,Corex and Phensedyl etc are stpped with immediate efeect.