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Business News/ Science / Health/  Restrict sale of pain relief drugs without doctor’s prescription amid rise in dengue cases: Delhi govt tellschemists
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Restrict sale of pain relief drugs without doctor’s prescription amid rise in dengue cases: Delhi govt tellschemists

These directions come in the backdrop of rainy season which tends to be the favorable condition for dengue, chikungunya and other vector borne disease

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New Delhi: In view of emerging threat of vector borne diseases in the national Capital post Delhi floods situation, the city’s drug department has warned chemists or pharmacy shops to avoid sale of drugs like Aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac group of medicines without the prescription of registered medical practitioner. 

Medical experts believe that these set of drugs cause destruction of platelets in human blood. A person diagnosed with dengue infection usually suffers from low platelet count which becomes a fatal condition. 

These directions come in the backdrop of rainy season which tends to be the favorable condition for dengue, chikungunya and other vector borne disease. 

An advisory issued by KR Chawla, Delhi’s drug controller stated, “Retail chemists are therefore, advised not to indulge in the over-the-counter sale NSAIDs drugs like Aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac group of medicines with immediate effect till further directions. They are also advised to keep the records of stocks of pain killer drugs falling under this category. Stringent action will be taken against retail chemist, if found flouting this advice." 

In the last one week, around 27 dengue cases have been recorded in the city taking the total number of cases to over 163 this year.

 

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Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Sharma is a health journalist with over 10 years of field reporting experience. She covers healthcare and pharmaceuticals for the publication. Prior to joining Mint, she worked with the National Health Authority (NHA) as a lead consultant. She has specialisation in public health in epidemiology from Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). She has also worked with The Pioneer, India Today and ANI.
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Published: 21 Jul 2023, 02:48 AM IST
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