News: The government has notified hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, under Schedule-H1 to regulate and restrict the sale and distribution of the drug.
Classification of Drugs in India: The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, provides for classification of drugs into different schedules.
|Schedule H1||Aims to check the indiscriminate use of antibiotics, anti-TB and some other drugs.Cannot be sold without a valid prescription. |
Package of the drugs has a mandatory warning printed in a box with a red colour border.
|Schedule H||Cannot be sold without a valid prescription. |
Labels of any Schedule H drug must display the text “Rx” on the top left corner of the label
|Schedule X||Labels of any Schedule X drug must display the text “XRx” on the top left corner of the label. |
Includes narcotic and psychotropic substances-based drugs.Cannot be sold without a valid prescription.
Drug retailer has to preserve the copy of the prescription for two years