Why do banned products still have an open market in India?

Why do banned products still have an open market in India?

Developing economies like India has a great influence of developed nation in terms of comparison and usage of goods used by them. Big nations like USA has banned plenty of products which still has an open market in India and consumption of those banned goods are more in compared to big nations. We know the market policies which these marketers keep in mind while promoting such goods. They’ll modify the image of such products just to attract the target market. Developing countries like India is expanding is market as the income level has increased so competing with developed counties in terms of usage of products sometimes hypnotizes the consumers over its shiny, catchy and attractiveness of the product but every shiny object isn’t gold it surely has some side effects.

Though each country has its own list of banned drugs, it is worrisome that some drugs that are banned in other countries for proven adverse effects are still available in the Indian market.  Some of these drugs are available over – the – counter and people may take it without realizing the risk.  As in everyday life these big multinational companies tries to mislead Indian population and makes profits by selling their products India.

  • Famous products like Clear and Clear , Johnson and Johnson are still banned in USA but are clearly have a open market in India. 


  • Many who don’t know that Disprins, the brand name of Aspirin, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to ease pain, was banned by the US Government drug safety body in 2002 for children under 16? The reason being that one of the side-effects of the drug was found to cause a rare condition that causes swelling of the brain and liver. Medically known as Reye’s syndrome, it can lead to severe vomiting and drowsiness.
  • Though the drug, including several other analgesics used as pain-killers, is banned outside India, they are still abundantly available in retail markets in the city.
  • Among the long list of banned medicines outside India include commonly used drugs like Novalgin, D’cold, Vicks Action-500, Enteroquinal, Furoxone and Lomofen (anti-diarrheal), Nimulid, Analgin (pain killer), Ciza and Syspride, (acidity and constipation), Nimesulide (painkiller) and Buclizine (appetite stimulant), Drugs like vicks vaporub, combiflame,corex all of them are still being sold in Indian market.

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  • Kinder Surprise is banned in the US and not Kinder Joy.
  • Well if you try taking one of these into the US you could be fined up to $2,500 per illegal kinder egg. Because a toy is kept inside a confection, kinder eggs are embargoed from point of entry into the US. The embedded toy within the candy is deemed a choking risk for small children. 


  • The popular energy drink ‘Red Bull’ was banned in France, Denmark and some other countries because of the availability of the chemical taurine in the drink which according to studies is a highly dangerous chemical, But until 2008, theenergy drink was banned in the country because of concerns over the chemical taurine used in the drink’s recipe. The company had been selling a slightly altered version of the drink without taurine previously.


  • A 2010 story published in The Hindu said that branded honey sold in the country was contaminated. Scientists found high levels of six harmful antibiotics in 11 samples when Centre for Science and Environment examined 12 branded honey products that were sold in India, including those made by companies like Dabur, Himalaya, Patanjali, Baidyanath, Khadi and two foreign organisations. Most developed countries have banned or strictly regulated antibiotics in honey. Most Indian companies dump the contaminated honey on the domestic market in the country, since there are no regulations here.                
  • These soaps are considered bad for the skin, and are apparently only used to clean certain animals abroad. It is openly sold in India as a regular soap for humans however.
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  • Due to the presence of harmful microbes and germs in unpasteurised milk, it is banned in almost all of the USA and Canada. While this stuff can make you seriously ill, it is easily available in the motherland.


  • Our beloved low price vehicle like NANO, POLO, ALTO 800, i10 etc failed the independent crash test conducted by Global NCAP. This basically means that occupants of the car would be at risk of life threatening injuries. They banned it in other countries, but not here.



The late 1990s saw the Indian government ban advertisements for alcoholic beverages. Many companies have tried to get around the ban by promoting surrogate products using the brand name of their alcohol, although even some of those ads have come under fire from the government in the past.

  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo carried two chemicalsstrongly suspected of being carcinogens (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue).
  • The first was the ether, 1, 4-dioxane, which, at certain exposure levels, can damage the liver, kidneys, and the central nervous system. It is also classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a ‘probable carcinogen’. They state the effects of 1,4-dioxane on human health as;
  • “Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1, 4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin. Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water.”
  • The second was formaldehyde, released naturally over time by the quaternium-15 chemical found inside the shampoo.
  • In India, kids are all gaga over jelly candies. But, many don’t know that the import of jelly is banned in UK and EU. According to reports, it is made from a thickening agent called konjac which carries risks of chocking throat. But, it is available in India in abundance.




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  1. The ban has not been found to be uniform outside India, while some countries would ban it, some would continue with its usage based on its independent data studies. Some famous banned painkiller medicines or drugs we used in our daily life Nimesulide, Propoxyphene, Disprin, Oxyphenbutazone, Analgin etc. These medicines actually banned in many countries but still available in India.
    Source: http://www.itervis.com/banned-painkiller-medicines/

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