Watchdog flags 50 advert campaigns by drug makers providing Covid-19 treatment

Watchdog flags 50 advert campaigns by drug makers providing Covid-19 treatment
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The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has mentioned it has discovered 50 campaigns by Ayurveda and homeopathic drug makers providing treatment for COVID-19 in April alone, and had flagged them to the union authorities for motion.
The ads have been throughout media platforms and have been discovered to be violating Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) order dated April 1, 2020, prohibiting publicity and commercial of AYUSH-related claims, the self-regulatory physique mentioned in a press release.
The disclosure from ASCI for April comes a day after the federal government issued a gag order in opposition to Baba Ramdev’s firm Patanjali Ayurved from promoting a drug as Covid-19 treatment inside hours of him launching it.
ASCI mentioned the AYUSH ministry had sought its assist to alert them about such ads and launched a drive to behave in opposition to such deceptive ads claiming prevention or treatment Covid-19, which led to the invention of the 50 probably erring firms.
The physique additionally made public the listing of the 50 firms which have been discovered to have marketed about Covid-19 treatment or prevention in April.
Interestingly, the listing additionally features a slew of entities promoting about homeopathic medication Arsenic Album 30, which is being broadly used as a Covid-19 prevention drug.
There have been no huge manufacturers within the listing, and most of them gave the impression to be localised entities from numerous elements of the nation.
Apart from this, the ASCI mentioned it additionally flagged 91 instances of potential violation of Drugs and Magic Remedies laws to the AYUSH ministry. The listing had firms making a slew of claims together with curing diabetes, most cancers, sexual issues, life-style illnesses like blood stress and hyper pressure.
Meanwhile, Hindustan Unilever’s commercial for its model ‘Fair and Lovely’ Advanced Multi Vitamin has additionally confronted ASCI flak for being deceptive by omission.
ASCI obtained a grievance in opposition to the model and discovered that the print commercial displaying picture enhancement results similar to brightening/lightening to be deceptive and added that the advertiser, whereas admitting to utilizing minor picture enhancement, didn’t specify the picture enhancement performed by them.
The rebuke comes at a time when pores and skin color and racism is without doubt one of the most mentioned matters globally and has additionally resulted within the ‘black lives matter’ motion. Domestically, some constituencies have been voicing issues in opposition to the equity lotions as nicely.
Other main manufacturers which have confronted the ASCI’s flak throughout April embody Asian Paints, Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, FCA India Automobiles, Grofers, Makemytrip and Indigo Airlines for numerous issues.
Celebrities who have been discovered to haven’t performed due diligence in ads making deceptive claims included actors Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar for his or her advert for Tirumalla Oil, badminton participant Saina Nehwal’s marketing campaign for Rasna and actor Parineeti Chopra for Bajaj Consumer Care, it mentioned.
ASCI investigated complaints in opposition to 533 ads, of which 115 ads have been promptly withdrawn whereas analysis of the remaining 418 ads led to complaints in opposition to 377 being upheld, it mentioned.

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