Warning To Chemists

The State Government has decided to take stringent action against the chemists and druggists selling certain medicines without prescriptions.

According to official sources, district level squads may be formed under the State Drugs Controller to ensure that the chemists and druggists adhere to the guidelines of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act & Rules and allow sale of ‘prescription only medicines’ against a valid prescription only.
Health and Family Welfare Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda, in a letter to the Drugs Controller, has asked to issue stern warnings to all chemists and druggists in State to strictly adhere to the guidelines as laid down by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA).
Dr.Meherda said that “Appropriate punitive action may be taken as per prevalent law and rules against the erring pharmacies/medicine stores/chemists and druggists those are engaged in wrong practices of dispensing prescription medicines without a valid prescription.”
Dr. Meherda has also instructed to launch an awareness drive across the State to sensitise people about the dangers associated with taking prescription drugs without valid prescription.
Notably, the decision was taken after Mumbai-based Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) drew the attention of the Odisha Government to easy availability of medicines without prescription in the State.
The State Government had earlier directed the doctors to write prescriptions legibly in bold letter and mandatorily mention the generic name of the prescribed medicine,
The IPA had warned that availability of medicines without genuine and valid prescriptions can be detrimental to the health of the persons consuming such medicines.
Dr.Meherda has further asked the Drugs Controller to submit an action taken report on the above anomaly within the end of July.

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