Govt to amend rules to check antibiotics` use

New Delhi: With indiscriminate use of antibiotics leading to cases of microbial resistance and consequent health hazards, government today said it proposed to amend the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules soon to put a check on this practice.

Replying to a written question on control of rampant use of antibiotics, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the proposed amendments in the rules will help introduce a new
Schedule containing antibiotics and certain anti-TB drugs and habit-forming drugs to ensure the label of these drugs contains a warning in a conspicuous place.

The Minister said the warning will state that it is dangerous to take such drugs except in accordance with medical advice, apart from the fact that such drugs continued to be prescription drugs.

Indiscriminate use of antibiotics has led to cases of resistance of such drugs and the medical fraternity has expressed concern all over the world over such resistance.

In reply to another question in the Rajya Sabha, Azad said the government had not allowed online sale of medicines nor did it propose doing so as it may promote sale of
illegal/illicit drugs or irrational use of drugs.

He said sale of drugs in the country is regulated under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, which require drugs to be sold in retail by registered phamacists only.

He said the drugs falling under Schedule H and X of the said rules are required to be sold only on the prescription of registered medical practitioners.


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