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India proposes banning 73 antibiotics from sale over the counter

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8290 (Published 04 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8290
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

India has announced plans to ban 91 drugs from sale over the counter to reduce their misuse. The drugs include 73 antibiotics, 13 potentially addictive drugs, and four drugs to treat tuberculosis.

The minister for health and family welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said, “The government has taken note of irrational use of antibiotics across the country and published draft rules for amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945 for insertion of a new …

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