A Study on Consumption of Medicine Without Medical Prescription


Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7625462

Self-Medication in India has always been an issue and with the COVID-19 spread self-medication of antibiotics, immune boosters and vitamins among the laymen have also increased. This drastic increase has led to buying medications without a prescription (over the counter medication). Consumption of medication without a prescription leads to adverse consequences such as antimicrobial resistance. Economic conditions in India encourage the increase of inappropriate medicine consumption. The number of pharmacists prescribing medication to the patient like a doctor has increased as some of the patients do not have sufficient money to approach a doctor and have minimal money to buy their medication therefore this void act occurs. Neither a registered pharmacist nor an unregistered pharmacist can suggest medication to a patient under the Pharmacy Act, 1948. Convenient sampling method is used to collect the samples. 226 samples-sample size. Independent variables are age, gender, education, place of residence and marital status. It is found that there is an immediate need for amending the Pharmacy Act, 1948 as it does not prevent pharmacists from prescribing over the counter medications. Finally, this paper analyses, suggests and concludes that India can also consider establishing an act for protecting patients from pharmacists like Canada and Texas which have particular laws to protect its citizens from such mishaps and have proper methods to govern over the counter medicines.

Keywords : India, Self-Medication, Misuse, Over the Counter Medication, Pharmaceutical.


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