Maharashtra FDA Minister Rajendra Shingne on Friday said that the Coronil drug manufactured by yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda Limited does not cure coronavirus disease, and warned of action if the firm confuses the people of the state claiming otherwise.

“The coronavirus cannot be treated using the Coronil drug brought in by Patanjali. Action will be taken with the help of the home department under the act if Patanjali creates confusion among people or misleads the people claiming the drug cures coronavirus (COVID-19)”, an official statement quoted Shingne as saying.

“The people were getting confused also due to the name of the drug corona + nil = Coronil”, he added.

Days after Patanjali launched Coronil as a medicine to cure coronavirus disease, the company’s CEO Acharya Balkrishna on Tuesday claimed that the “company never said that the new medicine can cure the disease”. 

The AYUSH Ministry on Wednesday said that the Haridwar-based FMCG company can only sell Coronil as an immunity booster and not as a coronavirus cure.