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Drugs Banned in other Countries But Available in India

Some drugs banned in other countries are available in India.

Though each country has its own list of banned drugs, it is worrisome that some drugs that are banned in other countries for proven adverse effects are still available in the Indian market.  Some of these drugs are available over – the – counter and people may take it without realizing the risk. A note of caution on these drugs could help patients in deciding whether they want to take the drug. Some of these drugs are:


Phenylpropanolamine is commonly found in cold and cough medications in India. It was also used to treat obesity in the US where it was found to increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (stroke due to a bleed in the brain). It also had the potential to worsen psychiatric problems.  Though the dose used in cough and cold medicines is lower than that used in obesity, people buying the medication especially over the counter should be made aware of these adverse effects. This drug has come under the scanner and may soon be banned in India.

Metamizole (Analgin)

Analgin is a painkiller. It has been banned in some countries since it carries the risk of agranulocytosis (condition where the bone marrow does not produce certain types of white blood cells). Beside, safer painkillers that are equally effective are easily available and there is no need to take such as serious risk. Analgin itself is not banned in India but the combination of analgin with any other drug is banned.


Oxyphenbutazone is a painkiller belonging to the same class of drugs as analgin. It has been banned in many countries since it causes bone marrow depression and other side effects. Its combination with any other drug is banned in India.


Nimesulide is a painkiller that was not introduced in the American, UK or Australian market but is widely used in India. It has been found to cause liver failure and hence has been banned in some countries.  Children with viral infection could be particularly susceptible. However, the ban has not been implemented even in children in India.


Cisapride is a drug that increases the motility of the gastrointestinal tract. It is used to treat acidity and constipation. It may cause arrhythmia when used in high doses or when combined with other drugs like erythromycin and ketoconazole; hence it is banned in some countries. Its use in India is under the scanner and it may soon face a ban.

Furazolidone and Nitrofurazone

Furazolidone acts against some bacteria and protozoa that cause diarrhea. It is used alone as well as with other drugs such as metronidazole. It has been banned in some countries since it belongs to a class of drugs that could cause cancer. The combination of loperamide with furazolidone is banned in India.

Nitrofurazone is an antibacterial cream that belongs to the same class of drugs as furazolidone, thus there is a chance that it could also cause cancer. Hence it is banned in some countries.


Cerivastatin in a cholesterol lowering drug similar to atorvastatin. It was withdrawn since it caused several cases of rhabdomyolysis (damage to muscles) following which patients suffer from kidney failure. Unfortunately, it is still available in India.


Phenolphthalein is a stimulant purgative. It produced cancers when tested in mice as well as damage to genes. Hence it has been banned in some countries.


Quinodochlor is an amoebicidal drug effective against diarrhea caused by amoebae.  It caused a serious side effect called subacute myelo – optic neuropathy, initially seen in Japanese, a condition that caused nerve damage and loss of sight.


Tegaserod is a drug that is used to treat patients with irritable bowel syndrome with predominantly constipation. It was withdrawn from the market since patients taking this drug showed increased incidence of heart attack and stroke.

Human Placental extract

Human placental extract is used in the cosmetic industry in the form of lotion, gel and injection. It is not permitted in some countries since it can transmit diseases to the user. It is under the scanner and may be banned in the future.


Thioridazine is an antipsychotic drug. It causes adverse effects like arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), eye damage, and a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.


Pergolide is a drug used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It has been withdrawn from some countries since it causes damage to heart valves.

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I support the article as it is one of the few articles to guide the 'state-misguided' citizens of this administratively neglected country. Yet I find it dificult to find out the names of the brands which contained Fenfluramine [Pondimin] and Dexfenfluramine (Redux). I feel that citizens in India are not only suffering of apathy by the State but sometimes the silence of the State, which is many a cases has been spelled differently as 'corruption'. Poor citizens are suffering because the governments wont take action on the murderous companies and our representatives being hand (dirty, bloody) in glove (of the corporates). Time and again Indian citizens are tested like guinea pigs, most suffer to the last with their families in a state without healthcare insurance. Yet shameless heads claim to have made our country a super power e.g.; IT power: I fail to understand how can a country can be powerful in IT when it neither has a Operating System of its own and when it has yet to manufacture a hardware chip for a 'scientific calculator'? I again request, if anybody knows to help me by disclosing the brands which contained which Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine. Many are sufferring heart fibrosis, PPH, is for them to know, what exactly happened to them?
ManujMM Thursday, August 30, 2012
Human aqueous Placental extract is a very effective drug. It contains several bioactive therapeutic molecules. We [the team of Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, an unit of CSIR India] are working for last 12 years with the extract the trade name is ‘Placentrex’ and identified different molecules with the potent therapeutic efficacy e.g. fibronectin type III like peptide, Bioactive NADPH, PDRNs , some other peptides with protease regulatory property etc. Banning this drug is a loss of a huge number of populations suffering from chronic, non-healing /diabetic wounds, burn injuries, surgical trauma etc. These research findings have been published in highly reputed international (Us and UK based) as well as national journals (ref Pubmed). It’s an Indian drug with a very good reputation in abroad like France, Switzerland, Korea etc. We have been invited several times in abroad (Europe, especially in France) to deliver lectures on ‘Placentrex’ research findings. We are still working with the drug. So far we have not found any adverse effect of the drug. Several clinical studies have also been done on it and these are also published in different peer-reviewed medical journals. Without knowing the rationality, efficacy and safety ‘Banning this highly reputed product of India’ is very much unethical. Banning of such a globally accepted drug must be reconsidered.
p_datt Thursday, February 17, 2011
My strongest support is with the above comments. Research findings on indigenous human placental extract which is available at pubmed[]is very rational, based on extremely scientific foundation. Efficacy of the drug is unquestionable and it has been accepted by the global scientific community through several high rated international and National scientific journals. Banning of such a successful Indian formulation is a shame for the country itself. Through the research on this placental extract our country has been glorified several times. Without knowing the actual fact, banning the drug is a shameful as per my opinion.
chakradhi Thursday, February 17, 2011
My gynaecologist has suggested me take 10 pakcentrex injection in a period of 20 days to open my blocked right fallopian tube. Please advise if I can go for this treatment as I got to know that placentrex is a banned drug. Please help.
varshag Thursday, September 06, 2012
can you please give the references for this artcle
Hafeez Wednesday, January 26, 2011
if it is a product derived from human tissues, can it transmit infectious diseases such as HIV ? I also have not seen any publications regarding its efficacy.
drgtomar Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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