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HEALTH MINISTRY BANS SALE OF 14 STEROID CREAMS SANS DOCTORS PRESCRIPTION


Health Ministry has banned over-the-counter (OTC) sale of 14 steroid-based creams and ointments by bringing them under the Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

The move came after dermatologists complained that pharmaceutical companies were selling steroid- based creams/ointments to patients who use them without medical guidance.

Now, they can be purchased from chemists only after showing doctor's prescription.

What is Schedule H?

Schedule H states that the drug should be sold by retail on the prescription of a "registered medical practitioner only". It cannot be sold without a prescription and only the amount specified in the prescription should be sold.

Over-the-counter sale of 14 steroid creams banned

Drugs Technical Advisory Board recommended a ban on such creams

Health The Ministry issued a notification on March 23 in this regard.

The decision was taken following consultation with Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), which had recommended a ban on the sale of such creams without a prescription and also submitted recommendations to Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO).

Creams which have been banned are alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide, desoximetasone, and fluocinonide among others.


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