Lucknow: The amended Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 is set to pose more difficulties for the patients as people in rural areas may be deprived of antibiotics for common fever or cold if nursing home is not around in the areas.

The patients will have to face problems while purchasing medicines in the wake of amended Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.

As per Centre’s amended Drug Act, 74 medicines including amikacin, monocycline, tramadol, etc have been removed from Schedule H and classified under Schedule HX, which will be sold like narcotic drugs.

For this, the patients will have to obtain two prescriptions from doctors and no medicine will be purchased without any prescription.

The pharmacists selling the medicines will keep one of the prescriptions and maintain a register in which the details of the patients will be noted.

Apart from this, under the revised drugs sales system, 16 antibiotics will be available in nursing homes only.

Meanwhile, the Opposition is taking advantage of this and has targeted the Centre regarding the Act. Meanwhile, UP Food and Drug Dealer Association president Indrapal Singh said the Centre has created problems for the common man and wants to destroy the medicine business. He has asked for supports from all political parties.

JPN/Bureau