A scientifically validated anti-diabetes herbal drug, named `BGR-34′, was launched by a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratory in Lucknow on Sunday . A combination of natural extracts from plants, the drug is based on ayurveda and has no side effects.The drug is for management of typeII diabetes mellitus.

The drug has been jointly developed by two CSIR labs, the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (CIMAP). It was launched on the NBRI’s 62nd annual day for commercial manufacturing and marketing by Ms Aimil Pharamaceuticals Pvt Ltd, New Delhi.

“The drug has extracts from four plants mentioned in ayurveda and that makes it safe,“ said Dr AKS Rawat, senior principal scientist, NBRI.It has been tested on animals and scientific study has found it safe and effective, with clinical trials showing 67% success.

The drug boosts the immune system, works as an antioxidant and checks free radicals. Though there are other anti-diabetes herbal drugs in the market, `BGR-34′ has been validated scientifically. The drug will help maintain normal blood glucose levels, reduce chances of complications due to persistent high blood glucose levels and impart a good quality life to pa tients with high blood sugar levels.

The formulation was launched earlier by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in February last year at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, but on Sunday the product was launched commercially .“We will manufacture it now and it will be available in the market shortly , may be in 15 days,“ said V S Kapoor, marketing head of Aimil Pharmaceuticals for UP and Delhi. It will be available in the form of tablets and may cost Rs 500 for 100 tablets.