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25th March 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Is it obligatory for hospitals to provide copy of the case record to patient or his legal representative?
(With Inputs from Ms Ira Gupta and Mr Rahul Gupta)
Yes, it is obligatory for doctors, hospitals to provide the copy of the case record or medical record to the patient or his legal representative. The preamble to the Constitution of India coupled with the Directive Principles of State Policy strives to provide a welfare State with socialist patterns of society. It enjoins the State to make the “improvement of public health” a primary responsibility. Furthermore, Articles 38, 42, 43 and 47 of the Constitution provide for promotion of health of individuals as well as health care. The Constitution of India also enumerates the separate and shared legislative powers of Parliament and State Legislatures in three separate lists: the Union List, the State List and the Concurrent List. The Parliament and State legislatures share authority over matters on the Concurrent List, which include criminal law and procedure.

Health service includes securing citizen from medical negligence by punishing concerned for crime of medical negligence and compensating the damage caused by doctor or hospital through negligence under tort action or securing the enforcement of contractual obligation under law of contract.
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FDC Banned Update
Aceclofenac (SR) + Paracetamol  banned 
S.O. 750(E).—Whereas, the Central Government is satisfied that the use of the drug fixed dose combination of Aceclofenac (SR) + Paracetamol is likely to involve risk to human beings whereas safer alternatives to the said drug are available; And Whereas, the matter has been examined by an Expert Committee appointed by the Central Government and the said Expert Committee recommended to the Central Government that the said drug is found to have no therapeutic justification; And Whereas on the basis of the recommendations of the said Expert Committee, the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary and expedient in public interest to regulate by way of prohibition of manufacture for sale, sale and distribution for human use of the said drug in the country; Now, therefore, on the basis of the recommendations of the said Expert Committee and in exercise of powers conferred by section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940), the Central Government hereby prohibits the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution for human use of drug fixed dose combination of Aceclofenac (SR) + Paracetamol with immediate effect.

Section 26A in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
(26A Powers of Central Government to prohibit manufacture, etc., of drug and cosmetic in public interest. —Without prejudice to any other provision contained in this Chapter, if the Central Government is satisfied, that the use of any drug or cosmetic is likely to involve any risk to human beings or animals or that any drug does not have the therapeutic value claimed or purported to be claimed for it or contains ingredients and in such quantity for which there is no therapeutic justification and that in the public interest it is necessary or expedient so to do, then, that Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, 124 [regulate, restrict or prohibit] the manufacture, sale or distribution of such drug or cosmetic.)
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