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Well-regulated OTC guideline will expand access to medicines in India:OPPI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A well-regulated over-the-counter (OTC) framework will improve access to medicines in India, a study by the said Friday.

The study calls for a well regulated OTC framework that not only helps improve access to medicines but also supports responsible self-to achieve multiple and economic objectives, OPPI said in a statement.

"Access to medicines in has long ignored the critical role of the viability of OTC medicines in the remotest areas. A well-regulated OTC guideline will expand access for patients," President-OPPI and MD & VP - South Asia, Pharmaceuticals A Vaidheesh said.

The study, 'Shaping India's OTC Policy 2018' is an illustration of the collaborative effort of the entire in empowering patients to make responsible and wise choices and self-manage their outcomes, he added.

The key recommendations of the study suggest a separate Rule and a separate Schedule on OTC in the and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

The study also recommended the need for essential parameters such as quality, safety and efficacy standards to remain the same as for "Prescription" drugs, it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 16:25 IST