Srinagar: Under the campaign of Nasha Mukht Bharat Abhiyan, the Divisional Administration Kashmir on Monday issued an advisory for the sale of X, H, and H1 drugs.
In an official handout, the administration mentions dos and don’ts to adhering to the sale of these scheduled drugs.
It makes mandatory to mention on the prescription the date of dispensing, the number of tablets dispensed along with the stamp of the chemist for Schedule H, H1, and X drugs.
The instructions state that all records and registers should be maintained as indicated in the Act/Rules and they should be made available for inspection by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs Control Administration or any other officer authorized by him in this regard.
Similarly, chemists dispensing scheduled drugs must ensure safety control measures such as video cameras and the prescription should be dispensed only if it is presented within 7 days of its issue.
For each Schedule H1 and X medicine dispensed, the pharmacist must record the: name, address, patient’s DoB, name of medicine supplied and quantity supplied, prescription date and dispensing date, and name, and address of the prescriber.
When storing or archiving records and data, pharmacies should ensure they are able to locate and retrieve individual documents or information when needed.
The advisory directs not to dispense medications if the prescription is incomplete, or has alteration(s) without any countersign by the doctor; also not to dispense tramadol, buprenorphine, tapentadol, codeine, methylphenidate for any online prescriptions.
Also, not to dispense psychotropics to minors not accompanied by guardians and not to dispense a prescription when you have reasonable cause to believe that the prescription has been forged or obtained fraudulently and if forged, retain the prescription and forward it to the authorities.
Moreover, it directs not to dispense medications if you do not have a required license-for drug like Schedule X.
In charge of the Divisional Control Room Tahir Magray said that this is part of initiatives taken under Nasha Mukth Bharat by the Govt of India including the toll-free helpline no 18001807202.
Besides, JK Admin is ensuring strict adherence to standing acts and laws related to Schedule X, H and H1 drugs so that any diversion of such drugs into unsafe hands and antisocial elements is averted.