Delhi

Sale of unregulated drugs: HC seeks Centre’s stand

Notices also issued to govt, DHS

The Delhi High Court has sought the stand of the Central government on a petition seeking action over the “unregulated and uncontrolled sale of antibiotics” and other drugs.

A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A.J. Bhambhani also issued noticed to the Delhi government and the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) on the petition filed by Anterrashtriya Upbhokta Kalyan Samiti.

Manufacture and sale

The plea said the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rule 65 of Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 list the manufacture and sale of all drugs which cannot be purchased over-the-counter without the prescription of a qualified doctor.

“For long time it has been observed that the shopkeepers dealing in retail sale of medicines, are selling antibiotics and medicines mentioned in Schedule H and H1 of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, without the prescription and supervision of registered pharmacist”, the plea said.

Lack of awareness,

It said that because of easy availability and lack of awareness, India is the largest consumer of antibiotics, allegedly being sold without “any control”.

“Various research and the opinion of doctors reveal that uncontrolled and excessive use of these drugs is seriously injurious to public health and these drugs are to be administered on the advice of medical practitioners only, who will decide the quantity of the drugs to be taken by patient,” the petition added.

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