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Kannur: In an attempt to curb the misuse of antibiotics in the state, the All Kerala Chemist and Druggists Association (AKCDA) has given strict instructions to pharmacy owners to sell medicines only based on the prescriptions by doctors.
The move comes in support of a government project that aims to prevent unsupervised overuse of antibiotics.
There are around 25,000 pharmacies in the state. Of this, more than 4,000 are wholesale shops while around 20,000 are retail medical stores. AKCDA is planning to ensure that the instructions are strictly followed in shops across the state.
Although the health department had directed not to sell antibiotics without the doctors’ prescriptions, the move failed to yield results. Following which, the health department held talks with chemists and a decision was taken in the regard.
According to data, antibiotics account for about 12 to 13 per cent of the total drugs sold in the state and 12 per cent at the national level.