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P&G stops sale of Vicks Action 500 Extra after govt ban

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:56 IST

US consumer health and FMCG product giant Procter & Gamble on 15 March said that it had stopped the sale and manufacturing of its famous cough-and-cold medicine, Vicks Action 500 Extra, in India.

The sale was banned with immediate effect, a week after the Indian government's ban citing a health risk.

The product is a combination of paracetamol, phenylephrine and caffeine, a group of banned drugs, the health ministry informed the American company in a notice last week.

The ministry has banned 344 drug combinations including a few antibiotics and popular analgesics.

The notice came after a report by the government-appointed panel of experts said that the combinations lacked "therapeutic justification".

However, P&G backed their product saying Vicks Action 500 Extra was launched after quality checks.

First published: 15 March 2016, 12:18 IST
 
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