Same Medicine Name, Different Medicine System – Big Concern

In India, where multiple medicinal systems are prevalent, medicine name mix – miss matches are harming the reputation pretty badly. There are different Ayurvedic and Allopathic medicines with different ingredients, but with same medicine name. Even worse, there are same Ayurvedic medicines with same name but different ingredients. There should be a strict combined uniform system in place to avoid medicine name confusion.

Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines with same names

Ayurvedic and Allopathic medicines with same name –

Flexi
–  Allopathic medicines of Adley Formulation contains Ondansetron – medicine used to treat nausea and vomiting.
Flexi capsule and oil – Ayurvedic medicine of Biolife contains Ashwagandha and Nirgundi – is used to treat joint pain, back pain and spondylosis.
Flexi Joint cream and capsule – Ayurvedic medicine of Vee Excel Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. contains Bala, Dashamoola, Rasna etc used in arthritis, joint pain etc.
 Pharmaceuticals Ltd. contains Chondroitin Sulphate 400 mg and Glucosamine Sulfate – 750 mg used in treating osteo arthritis and osteoporosis.

Acinorm –
contains Omeprazole, manufactured by Scott-Edil Pharmacia Ltd
Acinorm capsule – Ayurvedic medicine by UAP Pharma, contains Avipattikara Churna, Kamdudha ras, Chandrakala Ras etc – used in acid peptic disorders.

Jointcare
Jointcare oil is an Ayurvedic oil manufactured by Bacfo to treat arthritis pain externally.
Seven Seas Jointcare  capsule is a combination of Omega-3 Fish Oil Plus Glucosamine, meant for oral consumption.

Jointcare tablet and capsule are manufactured by Bacfo.
Jointcare capsule of Himalaya is available in Europe and America is a replica of Rumalaya forte tablet for the western market.

Ayurvedic medicines with similar names

Traditional Vs Proprietary   
Amavatari
Amavatari ras tablet – is a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, a herbo-mineral preparation used in treating rheumatoid arthritis, manufactured by Baidyanath, Dabur and Divya Pharmacy
Amavatari kashayam and Amavatari kashayam tablet – are proprietary Ayurvedic medicines of AVN Ayurveda Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., is herbal medicine, used in treating rheumatoid arthritis. But the above two are completely different medicines.

The problem:
Many Allopathic medicine shops also store Ayurvedic medicines also in their shelves. The medical store wants to sell the medicine that is most sought and bought by the patients, which is fair. But if the medical store has medicines with same name of both allopathy and Ayurveda, then there is maximum chances of giving Flexy of Allopathic medicine in place of Flexy of Ayurveda. Such a mistake can be very dangerous to patient’s health.

Even in cases where Ayurveda and allopathic medicine stores are completely different, patient may visit an allopathy store with an Ayurveda prescription and may get confused.

Solutions

Need for compulsory trade mark:
All Ayurvedic medicine names should be trade marked first, before the medicines are approved for registration. If trade marking is made compulsory, then all the medicine names will be scrutinized if they are trespassing some other branding or some other medicine’s names, then objections will be raised and the over ruling company will not get the medicine name. Hence, it will be very easy for the authorities to avoid mixing of medicine names./
This trade marking rule may cause financial concerns to low cost, small Ayurvedic pharmacies. But for the benefit of Ayurveda and in the interest of patients (and doctors), this rule is a high necessity.

State-wise Ayurvedic medicine license approval system should go
The medicine license approval for Ayurvedic medicine happens at state level. So, there are numerous license approval authorities in one country. Though there are Drugs And Cosmetics Act and Rules to control the license approval process, much of the theories are left to the licensing authority’s assumptions.
Hence, the set of rules and criteria for Ayurvedic medicine license approval in Uttar Pradesh, is different than that in Maharashtra, than in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and so on.

Need for a Central watchdog, combining all the medicine systems to work together to come up with amicable solutions to branding problems.

Apologies: The purpose of this article is to throw light on a dangerous problem that needs some fixing. It is not an effort to cause harm to the reputation of any pharmaceutical company or brand. I am sure, any pharmaceutical company would take the best interest of the patient while branding their medicines, and hence would take the necessary corrective measures.

3 thoughts on “Same Medicine Name, Different Medicine System – Big Concern”

  1. Rightly said by the Doctor saheb.He raised an valid question needing every one to focus.There must be some controlling mechanism so that similar names be not allotted to different formulations of medicines allopathic or ayurvedic or unani or homeopathy.

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