Vicks Action 500 Extra Sale Stop : P&G to Challenge Government Ban

Vicks Action 500 Extra Cough and Cold sale is stopped by Procter & Gamble (P&G) after Health Ministry of India banned about 344 fixed dose combination drugs which are including Paracetamol, Phenylephrine and Caffeine. Vicks Action 500 Extra constitutes same fixed dose combination.

FMCG firm Procter and Gamble (P&G) has discontinued manufacture and sale of its popular brand ‘Vicks Action 500 Extra’ with immediate effect but now P&G will challenge the Government’s ban on the particular drug.

The P&G Company said that Vicks has been providing remedies for relieving cold and flu symptoms for over 100 years. It said, “All Vicks products, including Vicks Action 500 Extra, are backed by research to support their safety, quality and efficacy. It has products approved by government regulators in over 60 countries, and enjoys an excellent safety record.”

Virat Kohli in TV Commercial of Vicks Action 500
Virat Kohli in TV Commercial of Vicks Action 500

This change does not impact any other Vicks product (Vaporub, Inhaler, Throat Drops) and these products are available for sale as normal.

On this Monday, drug majors Pfizer and Abbott stopped the sale of their popular cough syrups Corex and Phensedyl respectively. Pfizer said it has stopped the sale of its Corex cough syrup that garnered sales of Rs 176 crore in the nine-month period ended December 31 and said the government’s move will have an adverse impact on it.

In a newspaper notification on March 10, 2016 the Government had, among others, banned manufacture, sale and distribution of the fixed-dose combination of Chlopheniramine Maleate plus Codeine syrup which is used in the cough syrups.

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