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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 drugs 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 drugs for as specified under Schedule X.

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

Manufacturers of these drugs 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 drugs in a separate register for three years.

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