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CSIR launches India’s first ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug named BGR-34

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched the country’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug named BGR-34 for type two Diabetes mellitus.

BGR-34 stands for Blood Glucost Regulator and offers effective, safe, patient-friendly solution for managing type two Diabetes.

About BGR-34

  • The drug has been jointly developed by National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) and CSIR institutes based in Lucknow.
  • It contains 34 identified active phyto-constitutes from herbal resources and works by controlling blood sugar and limiting the harmful effects of other modern drugs.
  • For the purpose of quality commercial production and extended distribution of this drug, CSIR has transferred the rights and technical details to AIMIL Pharmaceuticals (I) Ltds.

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India foils UK Company’s bid to patent its traditional knowledge for treating hair loss

India has foiled UK based company Pangaea Laboratories Limited’s bid to patent use of pine bark, turmeric and tea for treating hair loss.

India was able to protect its traditional knowledge after Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had filed pre-grant opposition against UK based company along with prior-art evidences using these 3 natural ingredients.

In February 2011, Pangaea Laboratories Limited had filed patent application at European Patent office (EPO) on a medicinal composition for treating hair loss which mainly contained pine bark, turmeric and green tea.

It should be noted in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani, it has been proved that above three natural ingredients are being used as a treatment for hair loss, since ancient times.

Till date TKDL under the aegis of CSIR has achieved success in protecting India’s traditional knowledge in about 200 such cases without any cost. Earlier, TKDL also had foiled an attempt of Colgate-Palmolive Company to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb extract from Nutmeg- Jayaphal which is traditionally used in India as medicine to cure oral diseases.

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