Regulation of Herbal Medicines - part 2
Prohibition of manufacture and sale of certain Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Drugs
According to the section 33 – EEC of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, the government may specify in the official gazette, no person, either by himself or by any other person on his behalf shall –
a. Manufacture for sale or for distribution
i. Any misbranded, adulterated or spurious Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug;
ii. Any patent or proprietary medicine, unless there is displayed in the prescribed manner on the label or container thereof the true list all the ingredients contained in it; and
iii. Any Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug in contravention of any of the provisions of the act or any rule made thereunder;
b. Sell, stock or exhibit or offer for sale or distribute any Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug which has been manufactyred in contravention of any of the provisions of this act or any rule made thereunder;
c. Manufacture for sale or for distribution, any Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug, except under, and in accordance with the conditions of, a license issued for such purpose under this act by prescribed authority.
Nothing in this section shall apply to Vaidyas and Hakims who manufacture Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug for the use of their pwn patients and also to the manufacture, subject to prescribed conditions, of small quantities of any Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug for the purpose of examination, test of analysis.
There are no provisions for import or Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drugs. The drugs being indigenous to the country are not manufactured outside India and as such no provisions for their import have been made.