Nepal halted the distribution of Coronil kits manufactured by yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Group on Monday, citing a lack of evidence that they were effective in combating the Covid-19 virus.
According to reports, Nepal’s Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicines issued an order stating that the proper procedure was not followed in obtaining the 1,500 Coronil kits that Patanjali claims are useful in dealing with Covid-19 infection. The kits were sent as gifts to the country.
According to the latest order issued by the Government of Nepal, “tablets and nasal oil included in the Coronil kit are not equivalent to medicines to combat the Covid-19 virus.”
Officials from the department also cited the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) recent criticism of Coronil, in which they challenged Ramdev to prove its efficacy.
Nepal is the second country, following Bhutan, to discontinue the distribution of Coronil kits. Bhutan’s Drug Regulatory Authority had prohibited the sale of Coronil in the country.