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Swine Flu: Govt relaxes norms for availability of H1N1 drugs

Drugs were available in restricted number of chemist shops, now will require medical prescription

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Antiviral for treating will soon be available at a chemist shop near you, with the relaxing norms on their availability.

A recent directive by the Ministry of said 'Oseltamivir Phosphate' and 'Zanamivir' have now been included in the Schedule H1 category of the and Cosmetics Act. Earlier, these belonged to Schedule X category and were available in a restricted number of chemist shops.


The Drug Controller General of (DCGI) had issued a notice earlier this year revoking its September 15, 2009, notification which had restricted the sale of these for as specified under Schedule X.

Patients will now have to produce a medical prescription from a certified doctor to buy the

Manufacturers of these will have to submit to the DCGI a monthly statement of the quantity of supplied to distributors, stockists, dealers etc.

Besides, pharmacies will have to maintain the sale of such in a separate register for three years.

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First Published: Tue, July 04 2017. 04:30 IST
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