Union Health Ministry: The Central Government said on Friday (March 17) that the National Medical Commission disagreed with the proposal of the Pharmacy Council of India. Actually this proposal was about allowing pharmacists to write prescription. The government said that writing a prescription is dependent on examining and diagnosing patients.
Minister of State for Health Bharti Praveen Pawar said this while answering a written question in the Lok Sabha. Minister Pawar also said that the recruitment of pharmacists in government hospitals, their salary and the eligibility to become a pharmacist in hospitals of any state is as per the rules of the respective state.
Amendments issued in 2015 and thereafter
The Minister of State for Health said that the Pharmacy Council of India has issued amendments to the Pharmacy Practice Regulation, 2015 and thereafter. According to this, there is a provision for Pharma D graduates to work in different positions in hospitals.
Eligible to work as
In addition, D Pharm and B Pharm graduates are eligible to work as community pharmacists in collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals. All of these provide patient care, which is helpful in drug use and health, wellness and prevention of disease. Minister of State for Health Bharti Praveen Pawar said that a Regional Drug Testing Laboratory is functional in Guwahati, Assam. He said the lab has tested 3,285 samples in 2022 as compared to 1,133 samples in 2018.
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