The syrup, which is said to contain anti Covid-19 properties, was developed by Dhammika Bandara of Kegalle.
Upon hearing of the syrup, crowds had thronged to Kegalle to obtain the syrup, grossly violating COVID-19 regulations.
However, officials had earlier said that initial trials of the syrup at Wathupitiwala hospital proved successful and it was even approved by the Pharmacology Unit of the Department of Ayurveda.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had tested the syrup publicly giving a tacit endorsement for it.
However, co- cabinet spokespersons - Keheliya Rambukwella and Dr. Ramesh Pathirana had both emphasised that the government had not endorsed the syrup.
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Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Indigenous Medicine on Wednesday (05) announced that the ‘Dammika Paniya’ or the so-called Anti-COVID-19′ potion/tonic is not suitable to treat COVID-19 patients.
“This committee of experts in a report revealed that clinical tests have proven that the Dammika Paniya is NOT suitable as a treatment for COVID-19,” it added.
A few days earlier, clinical trials commissioned by the Ministry of Health had also concluded that the syrup was not a cure for COVID-19.