The Center will soon allow the sale of certain drugs without a prescription under a new over-the-counter drug policy.
According to a senior government official, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has approved the new policy and the Ministry of Health will soon issue a draft notification.
Thanks to this, pharmacists will be able to sell drugs for minor illnesses without a medical prescription once the final notification is published.
Antifungal infections, analgesics (analgesics), cough syrups, decongestants, laxatives, antiseptics and medicines for gum infections are some of the over-the-counter medications approved by the DTAB, the leading advisory board on gum infections. government drugs.
Cold and cough medicines and contraceptives are already available without a prescription.
What are over-the-counter (OTC) drugs?
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are drugs sold directly to customers without the requirement of a prescription from a medical professional. Prescription drugs, on the other hand, can only be sold to customers who have a valid prescription.
Over-the-counter medications are determined by regulatory bodies in many countries to ensure that they contain safe and effective ingredients when consumed without the supervision of a medical professional. The active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) of over-the-counter drugs is regulated rather than the end product.
Over-the-counter drugs are not specified in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 or the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules of 1945 (D&C). The list of over-the-counter drugs has been reduced, according to the Economic Times based on evidence of their safety, availability and non-addictive nature.
The government official says the aim here is to reduce treatment costs while encouraging self-care without risking patient safety.
Unlike countries like China, the United States, or the United Kingdom, there is no policy framework to promote and regulate the distribution, consumption, and marketing of over-the-counter drugs.
This means that any drug in India that is not “prescription only” automatically falls into the category of over-the-counter drugs.