Report of an All India Quantitative Study of Consumer Perceptions, Availability, Role, Services Provided, Medicines and Expectations of Pharmacists in India. Part 1: Report of the Study on Professional and General Aspects
(2011; 6 pages)


During the 1980-1990 lot of activity took place which impacted the way medicines are dispensed and sold through licensed premises commonly called as Drug stores or chemist shops in India. Such premises in India are regulated under Drugs & Cosmetics Act and rules [DCAR] as well as Pharmacy Act & Rules. Under both regulations these premises are required to be manned by a qualified person who has the necessary qualification and experience as prescribed under the Pharmacy Act and also required such a person to be registered as a Pharmacist with the respective State Pharmacy Council. The association of chemists had been demanding that such a registration requirement under rule 65(15) C of Pharmacy Act is not required and this provision should be deleted. However professional associations including Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), the national body of pharmacists of all facets as well as Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) argued that 65(15)C should not be deleted from the provisions and sale of medicines definitely need supervision by a qualified pharmacist. The Ministry of Health after consultation with all stake holders and after careful consideration upheld the demand of professionals and didn't remove the requirements...

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