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Patanjali Ad Controversy: Health vs. Commerce



  Apr 09, 2024

Patanjali Ad Controversy: Health vs. Commerce



1. What sparked the Supreme Court's action against Patanjali Ayurved?

In February, the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Patanjali Ayurved for misleading advertisements that violated the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954, despite earlier assurances to the Court.

2. What were Patanjali’s claims about Coronil?

Patanjali initially promoted Coronil as a "cure" for COVID-19 in June 2020. However, it was later clarified that Coronil should be considered only a "supporting measure" in treating the virus.

3. Did the government respond to Patanjali's claims about Coronil?

The government's response came under scrutiny when two Union Ministers attended a Patanjali press conference promoting Coronil, lending credibility to the claims. This act was perceived as tacit government support for Patanjali's claims.

4. What was the Supreme Court's response to Patanjali's ongoing advertisements?

The Court warned Patanjali against advertising permanent cures for various diseases and threatened a penalty of ₹1 crore for each product advertised with such claims. Despite this, Patanjali continued its advertising, leading to further contempt notices from the Court.

5. What does this controversy reveal about the intersection of commercial interests and public health?

This case underscores the critical importance of regulating advertisements for health-related products to prevent misinformation. It highlights the potential dangers when commercial interests are allowed to override public health considerations, especially during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. What is the significance of government involvement in the controversy?

Government officials' presence at a product promotion event and the lack of decisive action against misleading claims may imply government favoritism, raising concerns about the impartiality of public health governance and the influence of commercial entities on health policies.


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