The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research launched India's first anti-diabetic Ayurvedic drug for Type 2 diabetes Feb. 3. (Wikipedia.com photo)

KOZHIKODE — The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Feb. 3 launched the country's first anti-diabetic Ayurvedic drug for Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The drug BGR-34 is developed jointly by the National Botanical Research Institute and the Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, the Lucknow-based research units of CSIR.

Launching the drug at a function here, Dr. A.K.S. Rawat, senior principal scientist of CSIR-NBRI, said, "Six crore of the adult Indian population has been found to be diabetic, and there is no effective solution for diabetes as  of yet.

"We are sure that eminent medical professionals will recommend it to their patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes mellitus for a quicker and more consistent response.

"The scientists of NBRI and CIMAP joined hands to develop an effective, safe, patient-friendly solution towards the management of Type 2 diabetes. While the modern diabetes drugs are known for side effects and toxicity, BGR-34 works by controlling blood sugar and limiting the harmful effects of other drugs," he said.

Dr. Ch V. Rao, principal scientist of CSIR-NBRI said, "BGR-34 is a unique product that manages the lives of people suffering from diabetes. One of the critical ingredients is that it inhibits DPP-4 and enhances insulin secretion. The product has passed several batteries of tests and showed hypoglycemic activity in experimental subjects."

For the purpose of quality commercial production and extended distribution, AIMIL Pharmaceuticals, known for its innovative Ayurvedic products, has been transferred the rights and technical know-how to produce and market it for medical use.

K.K. Sharma, managing director of AIMIL Pharmaceuticals, said, "We have decided to launch this marvelous anti-diabetic product in the name of BGR-34, which stands for Blood Glucost Regulator, containing 34 identified active phyto-constitutes from herbal resources."

AIMIL Pharmaceuticals already had one successful technological collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation for the effective and safe treatment of leucoderma, still considered a big challenge.

The product for leucoderma was launched in the market in the name of 'Lukoskin,' he added.

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