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Centre amended the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 to allow sale of homeopathic drugs over the counter (OTC)

Sunday, 26 November 2017

On the recommendation of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has amended the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. The DTAB had urged the government to strictly regulate the sale of homoeopathic medicines and take efforts to increase the availability of these drugs to needy patients.

Under the existing laws, the sale of homoeopathy and allopathic drugs from the same shop was not allowed

According to the amended rules, the allopathic chemist shops are allowed to sell only over the counter (OTC) homoeopathic products.

Now, homoeopathic medicines can be purchased over the counter (OTC) from the common chemist shop selling allopathic drugs.

Under the existing laws, the sale of homoeopathy and allopathic drugs from the same shop was not allowed.

The new rules restrict the loose sale of homoeopathic medicines and mandates shops to sell only full bottle-sealed medications or dilutions. However, consultation of patients is not allowed from any of these pharmacies. Doctors, who dispense homoeopathic drugs from their clinics, can continue to do so.

The amendment has also brought in stipulated qualifications for those who dispense homoeopathic drugs. Now, homoeopathic pharmacists should have a diploma in pharmacy or a diploma in homoeopathy and surgery or diploma in homoeopathic pharmacy or be a science graduate with minimum one year experience of dealing with homoeopathic drugs.

Dr M Arulvanan, secretary general of the Indian Homeopathic Medical Association (IHMA) said, “The amendments did not restrict homoeopathic doctors from practising in their premises from dispensing medicines to their own patients. This amendment restricts only those doctors practising in homoeopathy pharmacy premises from selling medicines.”

Source: www.biospectrumindia.com


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