Acitretin to be sold only on prescription of Registered Medical Practitioner
Due to the highly teratogenic impact of the psoriasis medicine Acitretin, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has placed it on schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, limiting it to be marketed only on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner. The said policy will take effect from November 2022.
In India, Schedule H refers to a group of prescription drugs that are listed as an appendix to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, which were introduced in 1945. There are medications that can only be purchased with a qualified doctor's prescription and can not be purchased over-the-counter.
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