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DCGI drafts rules on third-generation antibiotics

Even as the health ministry drags its feet over a national antibiotic policy, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has prepared draft notifications that will regulate antibiotic drugs and the treatment of infectious diseases. The drafts have been submitted to the health ministry. A recent meeting of the drugs consultative committee (DCC), chaired by the drug controller general of India (DCGI) with state drug regulators as members, took two major decisions.First, it proposed that third-generation antibiotics, or those given only when no other antibiotic is effective, will be allowed to be prescribed only in tertiary care hospitals.Secondly, it decided to more strongly regulate antibiotic, anti-tuberculosis and anti-anxiety drugs, some of which can be habit forming.

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