Retail chemist body to give free medicines to BPL patients

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 20:13 IST

Ludhiana: The Ludhiana Retail Chemist Association has planned to provide free medicine to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) patients.

Aman Association president Ahuja said, “We want to contribute for the society. So, in a recent meeting with the chemists, we decided to start a pilot project, under which we will provide life saving drugs to the poor patients free of cost.”

It is pertinent to mention here that many poor people, especially children at times die due to non-availability of medicine for fever, diarrhoea, vomiting or flu.

Ahuja said, “The medicine for such ailments are not costly, but these ailments could prove to be fatal if medicine is not provided on time. For providing medicines free of cost to poor patients, 50 chemist stores will be identified in Ludhiana.”

Chemist association will also keep proper record of sale purchase of schedule H drugs. Schedule H drugs include the drugs which cannot be purchased over the counter without prescription of a qualified doctor.

Most of the drug addicts misuse the prescription (under Schedule H) and they collect the drugs from various stores to get more drugs at a time. To deal with the situation, the association has decided to validate the prescription only for seven days for such medicines and also to sign and stamp the prescription after providing the medicines.

The association will also go online in course of time, so that online billing and purchasing records could be maintained.

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