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Centre: homeopathic drugs permitted as add-on treatment in Covid; SC says will clarify

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3 live coronaviruses in Wuhan lab don't match COVID-19: ReportNew Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that Ministry of Ayush has permitted the homeopathic medical practitioners to prescribe the drugs, as mentioned in the guidelines, as an add-on drug to the conventional treatment for patients who have been tested Covid positive and undergoing conventional treatment.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. S. Reddy and M.R. Shah said the ministry’s advisory lacks clarity on allowing homeopathic medical practitioners to prescribe even add-on or preventive treatment for Covid-19 patients. Ministry of Ayush in an affidavit, filed through advocate Rajat Nair, said: “prescription of the medication prescribed by the Ministry of AYUSH to Covid positive patients as an add-on treatment is permitted, and therefore, any contention to the contrary stating that homeopathic medical practitioner cannot prescribe any treatment to Covid-19 positive patients, even as an add-on to conventional treatment is liable to be rejected.”

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The top court, reserving the verdict in the matter, said it would clarify the position on allowing homeopathic doctors to prescribe prophylactic interventions as an immunity booster for Covid-19 patients. The observation from the top court came on a plea against the Kerala High Court order which ordered AYUSH medical practitioners can prescribe government approved mixtures and tablets only as immunity booster for Covid-19.

The Centre submitted that the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has clearly suggested the drugs which can be prescribed by a homeopathic medical practitioner for (i) preventive and prophylactic use; (ii) for symptom management of COVID-19 like illnesses; and (iii) add on Interventions to the conventional care.

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre, cited March 6 advisory by the ministry stating that homeopathic practitioners cannot prescribe medicines for COVID-19 treatment, instead they can prescribe drugs to boost immunity. “A bare perusal of the said advisory would show that that the focus of the said guidelines was to lay down a medically accepted and time-tested intervention which would boost the immunity of the body, which was critical in the human response to infectious disease”, said the affidavit.

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Source: IANS

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