Of late, der has been a spate of complaints in Mumbai about chemists refusing to sell half a strip of drug, even if so prescribed by the doctor. According to the provision of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, chemists are bound to dispense the quantity of drugs as prescribed, even if its less than a full strip or a pack. The refusal by the chemist to do so can be reported to the joint commissioner, foods and drugs control administration, Maharashtra, who is active in booking and punishing such chemists
While I agree that medication should be dispensed with by chemists as prescribed by the doctors, I have found that on many occasions, the date of manufacture, or the name of the drug, is cut out from the strip. Thereafter, it is difficult to identify the drug, or even its expiry date. We need a solution for this problem also.