What you need to know about the latest pharmacy and medicine regulations
The Centre has put in place new guidelines to ensure that pharmacies and medical establishments are fully staffed with qualified and trained staff, and that all the necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety of patients and employees.
The new regulations were announced by Union Health Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday.
“We are working on the guidelines for pharmacy hours.
We have put in a draft regulation for pharmacists and medical staff.
There are no regulations in the books,” he said.
The Health Ministry said the new rules are to protect the health of patients.
The government had also announced on Thursday that the Centre will take steps to bring the number of pharmacies in the country to 100,000 by 2019.
The move is aimed at reducing wastage and the supply of medicines, he said, adding that a total of 1.9 crore medicines are supplied through pharmacies in India each day.
The Centre has also said that it will work with state governments to make them responsible for providing adequate health facilities to their citizens.
The Centre is also setting up a joint department to oversee health and medical services in states, it said.
Ramesh said the Centre has already announced plans to set up 100 hospitals, which are expected to be open by December.
“There will be 100,0000 hospitals by December 2019,” he told reporters.
The Minister said that the Ministry of Health has set up a department to monitor and coordinate the health facilities in the states.
“The plan is to have 50,000 hospital beds by December 2021, which is a total increase of 80,000 beds over the current year,” he added.