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Health Ministry bans over-the-counter sale of around 14 steroid creams

The creams which have been banned are alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide, desoximetasone and flucinonide among others

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To prevent the indiscriminate sale of topical preparations containing steroids and without prescription, the Ministry has banned over-the-counter sale of around 14 such creams.

In a notification issued on March 23, the ministry has put 14 steroid-based creams and ointments under the Schedule H category by making amendments to certain and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

The decision was taken following consultation with the Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) which had recommended a ban on the sale of such creams without prescription and had also submitted their recommendations to the Central Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO).

The move come after dermatologists complained that companies were selling steroid- based creams and ointments to patients who use them without medical guidance.

The revised rules will apply to skin creams that contain steroids or other prescription drugs and not for ordinary face-cleansing and moisturisers.

The creams which have been banned are alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide, desoximetasone and flucinonide among others.

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First Published: Sun, April 08 2018. 22:42 IST
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