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The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1955

The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1955

•  An Act to control, the advertisement of drugs in certain cases, to prohibit the advertisement for certain purpose of remedies alleged to possess magic qualities and to provide for matters connected therewith.
•  The Act defines drugs and registered medical practitioners besides defining magic remedy. According to Act the Magic remedy includes a talisman mantra kavacha, and any other charm of any kind which is alleged and possess miraculous powers for or in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation treatment or prevention of any disease in human beings or animals or for affecting or influencing in any way the structure or any organic function of human beings or animals.
•  Unless prescribed by registered medical practitioners or after consultation with the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, no person or company, shall take any part in the publication of any advertisement referring to any drug that is used for:
  a) the miscarriage in woman,
  b) maintenance or improvement of the capacity of human beings for sexual pleasures,
  c) correction of menstrual disorder in women, and 
  d) the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of any disease.
•  No person or company will take part in advertisement which give false impression or makes a false claim for the drug or mislead the people. Whosoever contravenes any of the provision of this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment extended to six months or with fine, or with both for first time conviction. It may extend to one year imprisonment or with fine or with both on subsequent convictions.
•  The schedule for diseases specified under the Act are: appenddicitis, atherosclerosis, blindness, blood poisoning, Bright’s disease, cancer, cataract, deafness, diabetes, brain diseases or disorder, uterus diseases, disorder of menstrual flow, disorders of nervous system, prostatic gland disorders, dropsy, epilepsy, female disease (in general), fever (in general), Fits, Forms and structure of the female breast, gall bladder stones, kidney stones, bladder stones, gangrene, glaucoma, goitre, heart diseases, high or low blood pressure, hydrocele, hysteria, infantile paralysis, insanity, leprosy, leucoderma, lock jaw, locomotor ataxia, lupus, nervous debility, obesity, paralysis, plague, pleurisy, pneumonia, rheumatism, rruptures, sexual impotence, small pox, stature of person , sterility of wome, trachoma, TB, tumours, typhoid fever, ulcers of GI tract, veneral diseases including, AIDS. 


1.  The Drugs & Cosmetic Rules 1955 vide Gazette Notification-85 (E) dt. 6.2.02.

2.  The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Rules: 1955

3.  The Gazette of India. The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable advertisements) Act 1954. No. 21 of 1954.

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Posted by:  Wonderherbs, India  Posted on: 7/29/2012
Drugs and Magic Act needs lots of changes with the present scenario. Science has made tremendous progress. Number of diseases are curable now out of these mentioned in the Magic Act 1954. 58 years old act must be changed.
Posted by:  Dr.H.Wason, India  Posted on: 9/29/2010
In my opinion certain Ayurvedic medicines do help in conditions like menstrual irregularities, uterine fibroid, piles, jaundice, stones and various other conditions that are restricted under this act. What should be done in such case??
Dr. H. Wason
Posted by:  shiva,  Posted on: 12/18/2008
magic remedy includes mantrs ,kavachas,and any other charm which alleged to possess miraculous powers in the diagnosis,cure,mitigation,treatment or prevention of any disease in human beings or animals1