"Yesterday the government decided to ban the sale of all blood thinning medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen without prescription. The ban was to be effective from yesterday itself," Health Minister Satyendra Jain said. He also mentioned the decision was taken to control the use of such pills in the wake of rising dengue cases in the capital.

"It has been observed that people consume medicines without consulting doctors, thereby increasing the chances of bleeding and destruction of platelets in human blood which many a times turn fatal in dengue cases," he said.

"Therefore, we advise chemists to sell these pills only against prescription by registered medical practitioners,” he added.

The minister also advised chemists to keep record of stocks of drugs including the aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac groups."Stern action will be taken against those found violating the order," Jain added.


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