Odisha Govt allows Pharmacists to dispense drugs in minor ailments in absence of Doctor

The pharmacists have been allowed to dispense only government-supplied medicines from Niramaya. 

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Last Updated on September 26, 2021 by The Health Master

BHUBANESWAR: Amid shortage of doctors in public healthcare facilities, the State government of Odisha has permitted pharmacists to treat minor ailments and dispense drugs for certain diseases in hospital in the absence of doctor.

An order to this effect was issued by the Health and Family Welfare department in partial modification to its previous directive in 2003.

The department has acknowledged that many of the single-doctor hospitals in the State are being managed by pharmacists for which it was necessary to allow them to dispense drugs for certain ailments for treatment of patients.

Dispensing allowed for these ailments:

Accordingly, pharmacists have been allowed to dispense medicines for treatment in minor ailments such as malaria, fever, upper respiratory infection, skin diseases (scabies and ring worm), helminthiasis, diarrhoea, APD, minor injuries without medicolegal cases (MLC), superficial burns without MLC and drainage of abscess.

In DCs and non-communicable diseases, the pharmacists have been authorised to dispense previously prescribed drugs or any medicine prescribed by e-Sanjibani or tele-medicine.

The pharmacists have been allowed to dispense only government-supplied medicines from Niramaya. 

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