Plan to curb over the counter sale of antibiotics
- The Chennai Declaration (brainwork of Abdul Gafoor), has defined time-bound policies to counter the rising incidents of anti-microbial resistance and associated infections by curbing the sale of over-the-counter antibiotics by 60% in 2 years, and 90% in 5 years.
- Measures include a ban on the over-the-counter sale of antibiotics and including training in antibiotic usage and infection control under medical education modules.
- Tertiary health care facilities likely to have internal antibiotic monitoring facilities by year-end, primary and secondary health centres to have an operating antibiotic policy by the end of two years in addition to primary centres having an independent antibiotic policy accreditation agency.
- Union Ministry of Health has amended the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and notified a new schedule to curb the sale of 24 antibiotics.