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SC Puts Temporary Ban On Patanjali Medicine’s ‘Misleading’ Ads

Observing that 'Patanjali has been taking the country for a ride by making misleading claims in ads', the Supreme Court has also issued contempt of court notices to Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna for flouting previous court orders by continuing to propagate false claims.

| Published on February 27, 2024

SC Puts Temporary Ban On Patanjali Medicine's 'Misleading' Ads

The Supreme Court has passed an interim order on Patanjali Ayurved which temporarily bans the company from advertising or marketing any of their medicinal products as the same is found to be misleading.

Proceeding the hearings in the case- Indian Medical Association & Anr vs Union of India and Ors, bench of Justices- Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah, observed, “Patanjali has been taking the country for a ride by making misleading claims that its medicines would cure certain diseases despite no empirical evidence for the same.”

As per the order of the Supreme Court, Patanjali cannot advertise or market any of their medicinal products which they claim would treat ailments specified in the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act.

Along with this, the Court also issued a contempt of court notice to Patanjali’s founders- Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna for flouting previous orders by continuing to make false and misleading claims like curing diseases via their products in ad campaigns.

The Central Government also faced the brunt of the case as the Court also pulled them up for not tackling misleading advertisements, despite the filing of the present petition in 2022.

“The entire country has been taken for a ride! For two years you wait when Drugs Act says this is prohibited?” the Court said.

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