"The Government of India has prohibited the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution of fixed dose combination drugs (Paracetamol + Phenylephrine + Caffeine) with immediate effect," Pfizer said in a BSE filing.

It further said: "Our product 'Vicks Action 500 Extra' has the same fixed dose combination and gets covered under notification. We have discontinued the manufacture and sale of all SKUs of 'Vicks Action 500 Extra' with immediate effect."

Yesterday, drug majors Pfizer and Abbott stopped sale of their popular cough syrups Corex and Phensedyl respectively, after the government banned over 300 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) drugs.

Pfizer said it has stopped the sale of its Corex cough syrup that garnered sales of Rs 176 crore in the nine-month period ended December 31, and said the government's move will have an adverse impact on it.

Abbott also stopped sale of its Phensedyl cough syrup. The company termed the Health Ministry's decision to ban "certain fixed dose combinations drugs that have been already approved" as an "unilateral approach".

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