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Can a pharmacist prescribe medicines?

Query: I was watching your online video to understand the difference between pharmacy retail store and chemist store. I need to know few information as I am doing a research on understanding how pharmacies work in India . Can the pharmacy get into direct marketing activities with the consumers? Can a pharmacist prescribe medicines? Are there any restrictions about who can access Family Planning products/ services through drug shops or pharmacies? Can a pharmacist administer Injections if the client wants? Response: Check out: General Basic knowledge about pharmaceutical sector here Check: How to start retail pharmacy business in India? 1. Can the pharmacy get into direct marketing activities with the consumers? Most pharmaceutical products are prescription based. Pharmacy can't get into the direct marketing activity of prescription medicines. But for OTC, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and ayurvedic products, pharmacy can indulge into direct marketing activity. Check difference betwee

Difference between over the counter drugs and Prescription drugs

Drugs can be divided into two categories depend at how we can sell a drug.
  • Prescription drugs
  • Over the Counter (OTC) drugs
Irrespective of any type of drug whether it is a branded drugs or generic drugs, drug can be sold out only either against prescription or as an OTC drugs.

Difference Between Over the Counter drugs and Prescription drugs

Prescription Drugs: These drugs have serious side effects if taken without supervision of registered medical practitioner. Hence these drugs can be sold out only against prescription of registered medical practitioner only.

The Drugs that can't be sold without prescription of registered medical practitioner are known as Prescription Drugs.

Check out: Prescription drug list in India here

Over the Counter Drugs: Some drugs with time have been proven to be effective without any serious side effects. Hence these medicines are allowed to be sold by pharmacies and chemist without prescription of registered medical practitioner. 

The drugs that can be sold without prescription of registered medical practitioner is known as Over the Counter (OTC) drugs.

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