In a big relief, the Supreme Court on Monday exempted painkiller Saridon, Piriton, Dart from the list of 328 fixed-dose combination drugs (FDCs) that were banned by the Government last week.
The Court took the decision while hearing a plea filed by the drug makers stating that these drugs were being manufactured since 1988.
The drug makers appealed to lift ban citing the Supreme Courts earlier judgment providing relief to 15 manufacturers on similar grounds.
The order provides a major relief to the companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Piramal, as above mentioned drugs are marketed by these companies.
The Apex Court also sought a reply from the Centre on the pleas against the order to ban the FDCs manufactured before 1988.
Citing health risk, the Government on September 12, banned 328 fixed dose combination drugs from sale and distribution. Among those drugs that were banned were painkiller Saridon, combination diabetes drug Gluconorm, antibiotic Lupidiclox and Taxim AZ which is an antibacterial cream.