It looks like nobody in India really cares what companies sell and what is being consumed. A number of drugs that are prohibited or withdrawn from other countries like the United States are still widely available in India. A drug is usually taken off the market because of safety issues with the drug that cannot be rectified. Here is a list of medications banned in the USA and other countries but yet available in India:
Nimesulide is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller that has properties like pain removal and fever reducing. It was found to cause liver failure and was never introduced in the US. Also, nimesulide has been withdrawn from the market in several countries (Spain, Finland, Belgium, and Ireland) because of the concerns of hepatotoxicity.
Oxyphenbutazone is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug which was withdrawn from the markets worldwide in the mid-1980s due to bone marrow suppression and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. In India, it is available as a single drug.
Propoxyphene is in a group of drugs used to relieve mild to moderate pain. It may cause problems in the heart rhythm.
Nitrofurazone is bactericidal for most pathogens that commonly cause surface skin infections. It could also possibly cause cancer, therefore it is banned in some countries but not in India.
It is a nitrofuran antibacterial agent and monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) and is used in the treatment of diarrhea. It has many side effects. including inhibition of monoamine oxidase, tremors, convulsions and depression of spermatogenesis.
Drugs Acting on the Brain
Pemoline is a Schedule IV drug. Earlier, it was used as a medication to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy but after some time, it was banned by the FDA due to its implication in liver failures among children.
Pergolide is a drug used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In2007, it was withdrawn from the U.S. market after it was revealed that it causes valvular heart disease.
It is a drug used for the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia and psychosis. In 2005, it was withdrawn worldwide because it caused severe cardiac arrhythmias.