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Chemists not to sell cold, flu medicines without valid prescriptions

Around five states asked medical shops to keep a record of patients who buy medicines for fever, cough and cold

Pharma, medicine, Pharmaceuticals

Some people are seeking to self-medicate as they are afraid to turn up at a public hospital

Sohini Das Mumbai
In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases, the chemists association has decided to not dispense medicines specific to cold, cough, and fever to anyone without a prescription.
Several states have also approached the medical shops to keep a record of phone numbers and addresses of customers who buy such medicines for surveillance.
“There has been no government notification in this regard. However, we feel that it is safe to not dispense medicines for cold, cough and fever over the counter now. We have asked the chemists affiliated with us to recommend the patient to visit a nearby hospital and get

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First Published: Apr 29 2020 | 8:15 PM IST

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