Homeopathy medicines will be available in Allopathic Medical Shops soon – this will increase the reachability of homeopathy medicines to the public at large.
- Consultation will not be allowed from any Pharmacy and no Doctor will be allowed to sit in Pharmacy to see patients
- There is no restriction on the Doctors to dispense the medicines from their chamber.
- The expiry date on the dilutions are being waved off.
- The allopathic chemists are being allowed to sell OTC items only
- No licence needed for exhibiting homeopathic drugs for promotional activities in any fair.
- This amendment will put restriction on loose sale of homoeopathic medicines, shops should sell full bottle – sealed medicated or dilutions.
- Availability of homoeopathic medicine even in remote areas where finding a homoeopathic medicine shop is very difficult
- Require a a science graduate for acting as competent person in a retail shop – seems to be difficult to implement
New Delhi: Homeopathy doctors will soon be barred from selling medicines from the premises they are practising in, according to new rules proposed by the government that are to be notified soon.
The new rules were drafted following complaints that commercial interests were influencing the behaviour of homeopaths, two government officials privy to the development said.
“It was seen that various pharmacists had started to station a homeopath in their shop for consultations. Likewise, homeopathy practitioners other than dispensing their medicines to their patients had started selling them over the counter too. For better regulation of homeopathic medicines, this practice needed to end,”
A person eligible to practice medicine with prescriptive rights should hold a degree in homeopathy from a recognized university or a degree in pharmacy from a recognized university or a bachelor’s degree with one year of experience in dealing with homeopathic medicines in the clinic of a registered homeopathic medical practitioner or with the holder of a licence in Form 20C or Form 20D (applications for retail are made under these forms) or diploma in homeopathic pharmacy or diploma in homeopathy and surgery.
“The homeopathic medicines will be available widespread in chemists shops as there will be no need to have an additional licence to keep homeopathic medicines as required as per the existing rules. Once the new rules come into effect, the homeopathic medicines will be readily available even in far-flung areas.” – Dr RK Manchanda
Homoeopathic medicines are covered under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940. The new draft rules which were discussed in detail by the sub committee of DTAB before they were sent to law ministry for vetting will be notified by the ministry of health and family welfare.
To promote homeopathy, the new rules also do away with the need for a licence for exhibiting homeopathic drugs for promotional activities in any fair.
The manufacturers will also have to adhere to requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for obtaining a licence for manufacturing, which will remain valid for five years.