Health Desk- 16 Jan 2020: The government has warned the pharmacies of legal actions if they continue selling antibiotics without prescription.
In a public notice Tuesday, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) issued a set of directives for the medicine sellers and advice for the antibiotics users.
On April 25 last year, the HC ordered the DGDA to take steps to stop the over-the-counter sale of antibiotics.
In its notice, DGDA issued a four-point directive: pharmacies must not sell or distribute antibiotics without prescription from a registered doctor; must provide cash memo to the buyers; must maintain a register; and advise patients to complete full doses.
If these directives are not followed, legal actions could be taken against the medicine sellers, the DGDA warned.
Lauding the DGDA notice, Prof Sayedur Rahman, chairman of pharmacology department at BSMMU, said, “The wordings they [DGDA] have used showing that the responsibility lies with both the buyers and the sellers are indeed good.”
According to WHO, superbugs are responsible globally for seven lakh deaths each year; the number could be more than 10 million by 2050 if things go unchecked.