Doctors hail government move to regulate sale of anti-TB drug
- The Union Health Ministry has notified amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940 includes Schedule-H1. March onward 46 antibiotics,including anti-TB medicines will be sold if a valid prescription is presented. Government’s overdue measure will curb irrational sale and use of drugs.
- A copy of the medical prescription and record details such as name of patient, doctor, among others should be with the pharmacy. A mandatory warning in a red box have to be printed on the label of listed 46 drugs, violation of which can result in prosecution as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.”
- the measure rolled by the Government will curb irrational use of anti-TB medicines
- the spread of TB can be arrested if the country reach out to every person with the disease who needs quality-assured diagnostic and treatment services. India’s TB programme is providing universal access to tuberculosis care services.
- TB is a challenge as to diagnose the disease and provide complete course of standard and effective treatment because if untreated it can affect 10-15 people which will make it a public health imperative to find, diagnose, treat and cure every patient.
- Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940
- Indian TB Programme