`New rules for antibiotics` use not right`

Mumbai: The Centre`s new rules to check the misuse of antibiotics will seriously impact health services, particularly in the far-flung areas of the country, says a
medical organization.

The government`s new rules come in the wake of reports in a British journal about the presence of a superbug in India due to rampant misuse of anti-biotics.

The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggist (AIOCD) has raised the issue with the government and submitted a memorandum to the President, the Prime Minister, the Union Health Minister, the Drug Controller General of India and all state chief ministers, the association said in a statement here today.

AIOCD is of the opinion that while preparing this notification the government has overlooked key issues including availability of registered medical practitioners in
rural and micro rural areas, financial condition of the public, mass violation of Schedule K, regular availability of medicines in government hospitals and availability of health
services to comply with requirements.

It will not serve the purpose but will severely impact availability of antibiotics in 65 per cent of the rural and urban population, the statement said.

If our request is not considered by the Union Government, it may affect the survival of 7.5 lakh chemists of the country, AIOCD President J S Shinde said.


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