What is the rationale behind introducing this course?In Maharashtra, about 1,000 posts for MBBS doctors are lying vacant. In rural areas as well as in slum pockets in urban regions, alternative medicine doctors are the first point of contact for patients. If these doctors can treat them properly with allopathic drugs, public health will become better. Is there a list of allopathic drugs non-MBBS doctors will be allowed to prescribe? There is no specific list, but they will be allowed to prescribe only those drugs that they learn about in the course. Doctors can always refer patients to hospitals or specialists if required.