Rational use of pharmaceutical drugs: Kerala to launch patient counselling centres

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Kannur: The Kerala government has initiated measures to launch patient counselling centres (PCCs) in the state to comply with the union government’s Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015.

The move comes as Pharmacy Council of India in a recent notification directed all state and union territories to urgently implement the regulations stipulated in 2015.

Patient counselling, as per the union government’s mandate, means the oral communication by the pharmacist of information to the patient or caregiver, in order to ensure proper use of drugs and devices.

It is important to note that World Health Organisation data shows lakhs of people are dying globally due to irrational use of medicinal drugs and from unwanted intakes. The objective of having PCCs is aimed at curbing this phenomenon.

Registered pharmacists can start independent PCC and can charge nominal service charges for the service.

While registered pharmacies can start a Drug Information Centre to share drug usage information.

The state government should appoint Pharmacy Inspectors, among others to comply with the regulations.

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