PHARMACIST TO GET AN POWER TO DISPENSE SOME MORE DRUGS WITHOUT DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION
A pharmacist is a member of the health care team directly involved with patient care. Central drugs standard control organization is planning to introduce provisions in drugs and cosmetics rules to allow pharmacist to give drugs for minor condition and adjust dosage according live without doctor’s prescription in order to save patients to visit their doctors for every common ailment. A new category of OTC has proposed by the drug regulator which will be empowered the pharmacist to dispense the medicines without doctor’s prescription the OTC drugs will be consists of anti allergic, antipyretics, antiemetics ,muscle relaxants, decongestants, anti inflammatory drugs, antacids, external preparations for skin and hormonal contraceptives. There are some restrictions also pharmacist will not allow to prescribe habit forming drugs for strong antibiotics. The proposed provision will be discussed that the drugs consultative committee (DCC) meeting which will be chaired by the drug controller general of India and attended by State truck controller from all over India. A special provision to include OTC medicines in drugs and cosmetics rules has been proposed. If approved by DCC, the matter will be taken up by the government chief advisory body on drugs the drug technical advisory board the next month and will be sent to the Union Health ministry for final notification according to the DCC agenda reviewed by mint. Live Mint report that OTC drugs are common in many countries currently in India allopathic drugs which are safe to be dispensed mostly fall under schedule h and H1 and required a prescription ‘as per drugs and cosmetic act 1940 and their under rules 1945 these drugs should be sold by prescription only. The new proposal therefore will be taken easily for people to get these drugs freely said a major official told the daily privacy to develop requesting anonymity.