This site is intended for Healthcare professionals only.
×

Sale of antibiotics, prescription drugs OTC; Court asks Government to reply


Sale of antibiotics, prescription drugs OTC; Court asks Government to reply
The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Anterrashtriya Upbhokta Kalyan Samiti, which sought direction to the authorities to check that the policy of state in the matter is strictly observed by all so that “uncontrolled” and “excess” use of antibiotics and other drugs is controlled and the health of the general public is not adversely affected.
 
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Centre on public interest litigation seeking action against “uncontrolled, unwanted and unguided” use of antibiotics and other drugs, not permitted to be purchased over-the-counter without a doctor’s prescription.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani issued a notice to the Centre, the Delhi government and the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) over the uncontrolled use of drugs mentioned under the schedules of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rule 65 of Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 list the manufacture and sale of all drugs which cannot be purchased over-the-counter without the prescription of a qualified doctor.

Also Read: Unregulated sale of prescription medicines: PIL in HC against drug regulators

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Anterrashtriya Upbhokta Kalyan Samiti, which sought direction to the authorities to check that the policy of state in the matter is strictly observed by all so that “uncontrolled” and “excess” use of antibiotics and other drugs is controlled and the health of the general public is not adversely affected.
“For a long time it has been observed that the shopkeepers dealing in retail sale of medicines are selling antibiotics and medicines mentioned in Schedule H and H1 of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, without the prescription and supervision of registered pharmacist”, said the plea, filed through advocates Kailash Sharma and Nishi Jain.

“Various research and the opinion of doctors reveal that uncontrolled and excessive use of these drugs is seriously injurious to public health and these drugs are to be administered on the advice of medical practitioners only, who will decide the quantity of the drugs to be taken by a patient,” it said.

It also said that because of easy availability and lack of awareness, India is the largest consumer of antibiotics, being sold without “any control” or “care”.

“In India, the uncontrolled sale of these drugs is perhaps due to poor public health infrastructure, a high burden of disease and unregulated and uncontrolled sale of antibiotics,” the plea said.

The following two tabs change content below.
Meghna A Singhania

Meghna A Singhania

Meghna A Singhania is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at Medical Dialogues. An Economics graduate from Delhi University and a Post Graduate from London School of Economics and Political Science, her key research interest lies in health economics and policy-making in the health and medical sector in the country. She can be contacted at editorial@medicaldialogues.in Contact no. 011-43720751


Source: with inputs
0 comment(s) on Sale of antibiotics, prescription drugs OTC; Court asks Government to reply

Share your Opinion Disclaimer

Sort by: Newest | Oldest | Most Voted