Kochi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has brought an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945, enforcing stringent norms on homeopathic medical practitioners.
Under the new law which came into force on November 10, homeopathy doctors are barred from selling medicines over the counter at their clinics. Also, pharmacists can no longer appoint a practicing homeopath in their outlets for consultation purposes.
Pharmacies dealing in allopathic medicines are now allowed to sell homeopathic medicines as well.
The new rules were drafted with suggestions from the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) following complaints that commercial interests were influencing the behavior of homeopaths.
Though chemists require no separate license for the sales of homeopathic medicines, they need to ensure the service of persons with prescribed qualifications in pharmacy or homeopathy.
Meanwhile, homeopaths have pointed out that the new rule allowing direct sales of medicines had great potential for misuse.