Notice to Center, Haryana for granting prescription drug rights to locum practitioners | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: Picking up a petition challenging the Haryana government’s decision to grant prescribing rights to non-MBBS – Ayurvedic and Unani – practitioners for modern allopathic medicines, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Monday reported published a notice to the Center and to the state government.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Ajay Tewari issued opinions after hearing a petition filed by the Haryana branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Notice was also issued to Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine Systems Board, Haryana. The Center, the Haryana government, and the Haryana Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine Systems Council were asked to file their responses within four weeks and the case was set for a new hearing on August 25.
The petitioner challenged the Punjab Ayurvedic and Unani Practitioners (Haryana Amendment) Act 2014, passed by the Haryana government in March, allowing Ayurvedic and Unani practitioners to practice modern medicine, including minor surgeries. The applicant’s lawyer requested that the word “modern medicine” be deleted from the said law because an Ayurvedic and Unani practitioner was not qualified to prescribe such drugs.
It has also been argued that the prescribing of modern medicine is governed by the Indian Medical Advice Act, enacted by Parliament several decades ago, and that the Haryana government’s bill passed in March cannot not cancel the central law. According to the petitioner, only doctors from the MBBS can prescribe modern medicines in accordance with the law on medical advice.
The Haryana government’s decision to allow Unani and Ayurvedic practitioners has long been criticized by the IMA on the grounds that there is no point in providing them with a back door into modern medicine. According to the IMA, instead of allowing all AYUSH practitioners (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy) to practice modern medicine, the government should close all AYUSH undergraduate colleges and start MBBS courses in them in using the infrastructure.
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