Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
25th June 2019

Doctors to dispense generic drugs only

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

As per the minutes of the 56th Meeting of Drugs Consultative Committee held on 1st JUNE, 2019 at New Delhi, agenda 4, one the proposed amendments has been done in the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules 1945 and medical practitioners will not be able to dispense branded drugs to their patient. The amendment is to prevent misuse of the exemption, which allows them to be out of the schedule H, exemption from procuring a license to dispense the medicine.

"CONSIDERATION OF THE PROPOSAL FOR AMENDMENT OF THE EXEMPTIONS PROVIDED UNDER SCHEDULE K REGARDING SUPPLYING OF MEDICINES BY REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS TO THEIR PATIENTS

DCC was apprised that Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) can supply different categories of medicines including vaccines to their patients as per the exemption provided with certain conditions under Schedule K of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945....read more


HR/June 19/10: Safer nicotine products - Types of e-cigarettes

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Over the last decade, there are other options for ingesting nicotine which are not only less reinforcing than nicotine delivered in a combustible cigarette, but do not involve the high-level release of toxic chemicals.

These have been called safer nicotine products (SNP) in the report No Fire, No Smoke Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction, 2018 and they break down into three main types: e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn (HNB) devices and an option that is very far from new but enjoying a renaissance: smokeless tobacco, in the form of snus from Sweden. ..read more

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