No full strip: Buy medicines as per your need, says FDA

For two or three tablets, the chemists tell buyers to buy a whole packet. Owing to which, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has written a letter to the Drug Controller General of India and requested that medicines should be given as per the buyer’s requirement

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  • As per the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines: Chemists should give the exact quantity of the medicines prescribed by the doctors. One cannot be forced to buy an entire medicine strip.
  • Due to which, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has written a letter to the Drug Controller General of India and requested that medicines should be given as per the buyer’s requirement.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailas Tandle, president, Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association said, “There is a date, batch number and expiry date on medicine strip. So, while cutting the strip, the expiry date goes off and the other buyers do not accept the medicines. This causes a loss to the chemists.”

Owing to which, Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association met the FDA officials.  And a letter has written a letter to the Drug Controller General of India and requested that medicines should be given as per the buyer’s requirement.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Arjun Khadtare, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), joint commissioner (drugs) said, “While cutting the strip, there is a possibility that the date, batch number and expiry date can go off. A complaint regarding this was raised in a guidance camp for the chemists.”

According to the chemists:

  • Medicines manufacturing companies send 10 to 20 medicine strips
  • Companies give big strips to increase the consumption
  • Owing to which, the buyer has no option other than buying a whole strip

Khadtare further said, “Considering all these things, we are trying to see if there is a provision in this law. Also, a letter has been written to the Drug Controller General of India and requested that medicines should be given as per the buyer’s requirement so that the patient’s do not incur loss. Even chemists have been told  to give patient’s the medicines as per their requirement.”