Govt to come up with list of OTC drugs soon
New Delhi: The government is set to come up with a list of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines under a separate schedule by making changes in the drug law with stringent regulations on quality, advertisement and pricing of such products.
“The move is aimed at promoting self-care and reducing the cost of treatment without compromising patient safety. It will also help us ensure that ‘prescription-only’ drugs are not misused, while other commonly used medicines which are not toxic are easily available to patients,” a senior official told TOI.
The decision to have separate provision for OTC under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act was taken in a meeting of the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) under the health ministry last month. DCC’s decision is based on recommendations of a sub-committee formed earlier to examine the issue. “The sub-committee is of the opinion that there is an urgent need for defining OTC drugs and to lay down specific provisions for the regulation of OTC drugs in the country,” the DCC noted .
The DCC has directed the sub-committee to identify such list of OTC products along with conditions and frame draft for amendments in the law.
At present, there is no definition of OTC medicines and therefore, any medicine that is