The government plans to change the law and authorize the sale without a prescription of commonly used drugs | Latest India News

Non-prescription means that a drug can be purchased from the retail market (pharmacies) without a doctor’s prescription

New Delhi: Government plans to allow over-the-counter sale of 16 commonly used drugs like paracetamol by amending the law, according to a draft notice published in the India Gazette.

Non-prescription means that a drug can be purchased from the retail market (pharmacies) without a doctor’s prescription. In a country where several drugs, including antibiotics, are sold without a prescription, this is probably the first time the government has taken steps to enlist drugs that can be sold without a prescription.

Other medications that should be sold without a prescription include some commonly used decongestants, laxatives as well as some mouthwashes, acne creams and topical pain relievers in cream form.

The Union Department of Health and Family Welfare has proposed amendments to the Medicines Regulation Act 1945, to this end, with certain conditions, including that treatment with the medicine in question must not continue for more than five days. In case the symptoms do not go away, a patient should see a doctor.

The draft notification is currently in the public domain for general feedback.

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