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Pharmacists, who do not abide by the Cosmetics Devices and Drugs Act ands ell drugs without a doctor's prescription, will be either fined or sentenced a jail term, the Director General of the National dangerous drug control board, K. Gamage said.
 

He said a pharmacist who sells drugs to people without prescriptions will be either fined a sum of Rs 5000 to Rs 50,000 or will be sentenced a jail term of 3 months or will be fined and sent to prison.
 

The board has taken action to create awareness among pharmacists and the police after two school students in the Gampaha area had purchased medicine without prescriptions. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • LondonLankan_DT Monday, 19 July 2010 01:42 PM

    exactly my point mentioned below. I think to make people understand WHY these restrictions are required, educating the masses is needed. It's time for an "information drive" by the govt and health ministry I think. they need to respect the citizens and show them WHY it's needed without changing laws and saying "because I told you so"

    Jim Jam Monday, 19 July 2010 05:43 AM

    This is impractical and does not suit many ppl who need to purchase cholesterol / blood pressure/ diabetes / heart medication.

    Chandana Monday, 19 July 2010 05:43 AM

    how can pharmacy owners be poor?

    Musnad Sufian Monday, 19 July 2010 05:58 AM

    the million dollar question is FOR HOW LONG IT WILL BE IMPLIMENTED

    Ravana Monday, 19 July 2010 06:34 AM

    So we have to pay Rs600 + everytime we need medicine for a common cold ?

    Wow is there no limit to the burdens these rulers turn out on the people !

    Make sure that the doctor mudalalis can't charge more that rs50 to see a patient before you try to ruin us.

    PABA AND ROSY Monday, 19 July 2010 06:38 AM

    I totally agree with Roshan

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 19 July 2010 03:51 PM

    Wonder if this rule is applicable for medicines taken by MPs from the Parliament pharmacy?

    Ash Di Spentaneous Monday, 19 July 2010 07:35 AM

    mona magulakda mandha...

    do i have to get a prescription from a doctor to buy amoxil (anti biotic). I ain't gonna pay 500 bucks to a doctor to get a prescription.

    rih Monday, 19 July 2010 08:02 AM

    Recently heard youngsters and working women use cough syrup as an alcohol replacement. some even eat hair gel to get drunk. we need strict regulations.

    Indika Monday, 19 July 2010 08:16 AM

    Then you can go to a OPD in a government hospital. You can get it free of charge. Amoxillin is a drug. So you need a prescription.

    Veda Sunday, 18 July 2010 01:54 PM

    Don't make laws in a Panic situation. We need a compressive drug law tailor made to a 3rd world country like ours, where many are poor. Certainly, not for the benefit of the DOCTORS who try to dominate the healthcare sector totally.... Let us be honest, doctors prevent other para medics from obtaining degrees, to maintain their superiority. In other countries (India, Phillipines) Nurses, Pharmacists, medical labs etc., are awarded with degress and earn lots of foreign exchage. We Sri Lankans, dig our own graves...

    citizen1 Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:58 AM

    Good one! What about petrol?

    sillybilly Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:00 AM

    have you ever been overseas???

    chanadana Sunday, 18 July 2010 02:26 PM

    Even the pharmacies at well known supermarket chains selling drugs without prescriptions. Some pharmacists used to give drugs over the counter for particular symptoms. So this is a good move to protect patients.

    LondonLankan_DT Monday, 19 July 2010 09:33 AM

    Stricter control of drugs such as antibiotics is essential. I must admit even when I was living in Sri Lanka, i had no idea how harmful anti biotics are if taken everytime I get a cough or cold (which is regular practice in SL).
    Doctors Visits are free in the UK under the National Health Service (NHS) but if drugs are required, a flat fee of around £8 (no matter what the drug is) is payable to any pharmacy. The rest of the cost (if there is an excess) is paid by the Govt/NHS.
    Furthermore, a large portion of people including diabetic patients, pregnent women, unemployed people on benefits, etc receive the drugs FREE OF CHARGE , paid fully by the NHS.
    This is a fantastic system from which Sri Lanka can learn.

    Roshan Monday, 19 July 2010 10:14 AM

    That is to say, even to sell Hair Gel, they will need a prescription or they cannot sell Hair Gel to Boys.

    Prasad T Monday, 19 July 2010 10:25 AM

    Total agree with Ravana. Presently there is no govern rule for control over hospital and doctors fees,

    DireStraits Monday, 19 July 2010 10:42 AM

    Health is free in Sri Lanka. Go to any Govt hospital and you will get free medication. Looks like you are making the mudalalies out of the doctors so I guess there is no one to blame but yourself. Btw there is no medication for common cold. Stay home get some rest and take a lot of fluids :)

    ayesh Monday, 19 July 2010 11:16 AM

    before fined the patient, u guys who implement the law should banned the Doctors who haven't proper degree and licence to write prescription.

    Indika Monday, 19 July 2010 11:44 AM

    This is not an unusual thing. Most of all the developed countries use this as practice.

    SriLankan Monday, 19 July 2010 03:30 AM

    Yes ! I too have obseved some pharmacisits acting as a Doctor as well as pharmacist.

    Indika Monday, 19 July 2010 03:41 AM

    It's a good move.

    Roshan Monday, 19 July 2010 03:55 AM

    What about people who have diabetics and high pressure where the medicine has to continue for life? How long is the initial prescription valid?

    Wijebahu Monday, 19 July 2010 04:14 AM

    This is a good move. I know people use anti biotics without consulting doctors even for colds. in most of these cases, using antibiotics are useless and whch will only make bacterias resistent to modern antibiotics.

    ahamed Monday, 19 July 2010 04:16 AM

    this action make the doctors very happy and the poor pharmacy owners make a loss in business.

    Bluff Bluff Monday, 19 July 2010 04:28 AM

    Is he going to deploy a police officer to each pharmacy to chat the culprits? What a ridiculous statement!

    Concerned Monday, 19 July 2010 04:29 AM

    Then what about those who imported low quality drugs, such as injections with hair and nails inside? Are you going to prosecute them also?

    Dee Monday, 19 July 2010 04:54 AM

    implement the law ... for all, not only the ordinary, innocent people.

    Indika Monday, 19 July 2010 04:56 AM

    We can see day by day new laws are implimented on several aspects. That means till now we don't have any perfect rule for any thing. So it's good to have rules on these things.


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