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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY - AUGUST 2013)

Community Pharmacy - A Profession: Not A Trade

Dr. R. N. Gupta

Introduction: As per 'Drugs and Cosmetics Acts 1940 & Rules 1945' a 'Drug Licence' is to be obtained to set up retail Drug Store. The Licence is being issued by State Drugs Control Administration in the name of 'Qualified person (Registered Pharmacist)' whose name is being mentioned in Drug Licence also. The License is to be displayed in the Drug store at a prominent place for visible to patients/customers, since the Pharmacist is supposed to supervise all compliance of Drug Rules in drug store besides patient counselling to patient during drug dispensing. As per Section 42 of Pharmacy Act 1948 and Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945 (related to sales of medicines), 'only qualified Registered Pharmacists' are specified. The Section 42 of Pharmacy Act 1948 clearly specifies 'No person other than Registered Pharmacist can dispense medicines'. It has been implemented from 1st September 1984 throughout our country. But due to ignorance/unawareness, it is not made effective in many places (drug store and hospitals/nursing Homes even in military hospitals) which actually deny better Pharmacy services to masses and failure of many health schemes of our Union Govt. 

 

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