Kerala to Cancel Licenses of Pharmacies Selling Antibiotics without Prescription


eMediNexus    23 December 2022

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala′s government has decided to cancel the licenses of pharmacies selling antibiotics without a doctor′s prescription. This significant step was taken to limit the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials, which are major contributors to the development of drug-resistant pathogens.


Additionally, the government announced several steps to make all primary health centers "antibiotic smart" primary health centers as part of strengthening its anti-microbial resistance (AMR) activities in the southern state.


The decision was taken at the annual review meeting of KARSAP (the Kerala Anti-Microbial Resistance Strategic Action Plan), chaired by Dr. Veena George, Health Minister. 


In a statement on Wednesday, she pointed out that the purchase of antibiotics from pharmacies without a doctor′s prescription is a major reason for the increase in antibiotic resistance. 


(Source: https://english.varthabharati.in/india/amr-action-kerala-to-cancel-licences-of-pharmacies-selling-antibiotics-without-prescription )

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