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