Health, Karimnagar, National, Telangana

DCA cracks down on medicines with misleading claims

Seize ‘Minoxytop 10%’ for making misleading claim on growth of new hair

HYDERABAD, MARCH 06, 2024:  Officials of Telangana Drugs Control Administration have seized the drug ‘Minoxytop 10%’ (Minoxidil Topical solution USP 10% w/v), in Nalgonda for making a misleading claim on the label that the drug is meant for the ‘growth of new hair’, which is misleading as per the Drugs Rules.

Director-General of Drugs Control Administration VB Kamalasan Reddy said that the officials have detected the drug Minoxytop 10% (Minoxidil Topical solution USP 10% w/v) being circulated in the market with a misleading claim on its label. The product Minoxytop 10% (Minoxidil Topical solution USP 10% w/v) is a ‘drug’ and the claim regarding the ‘growth of new hair’ is prohibited for a ‘drug’ according to ‘Schedule J’ of the Drugs Rules.

On March 5th, 2024, officials from the Drugs Control Administration, Nalgonda Zone, detected ‘Minoxytop 10%’, manufactured by Healing Pharma India Pvt. Ltd., located at Survey No. 373, opposite Ramkaka Deri, Chhani, Vadodara-391740, Gujarat. The label of the product bears a misleading claim stating that it is useful in ‘hair regrowth and that it reactivates hair follicles to stimulate regrowth’. DCA officials seized stocks during the raid.

Schedule J of the Drugs Rules prohibits claims of drugs for the treatment of certain diseases and disorders. No drug shall claim on its label that it prevents or cures diseases/disorders indicated under Schedule J of the Drugs Rules. The said drug was detected by DCA officials at Sri Sairam Pharma & Surgicals, Nalgonda.

K Dass, Assistant Director, Nalgonda, K. Someshwar, Drugs Inspector, Nalgonda, G. Surender, Drugs Inspector, Suryapet, J. Ashwin Kumar, Drugs Inspector, Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri carried out the raid. Further investigation will be conducted, and appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the law against all the offenders involved.

Firms that manufacture drugs with misleading claims regarding the treatment of certain diseases and disorders are punishable under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Offenders may face imprisonment for a term extending up to two years, along with a fine.

The public may report any complaints regarding illegal activities concerning medicines through the Drugs Control Administration, Telangana Toll-Free Number 1800-599-6969, which is operational from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on all working days.


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