September 24, 2010

Siddha doctors in TN can prescribe allopathy drugs

In a move that will enable practitioners of Indian medicine to prescribe allopathic drugs, the Tamil Nadu government has amended a rule under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act defining a 'registered medical practitioner'.

By this, the government will treat practitioners of alternative Indian systems, including siddha, as persons 'practising the modern scientific system of medicine' for the purposes of enforcing the drugs and cosmetics law.

The notification, dated September 8, has been issued as a government order and will be published in the state gazette.

It modifies the definition of 'registered medical practitioner' under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to include those with qualifications under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act and the Tamil Nadu Siddha System of Medicine Act and who are registered under these laws as practitioners of modern medicine.

The amendment will ensure that siddha, ayurveda and unani practitioners face no proceedings under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act for prescribing or storing allopathic medicines.

The Indian Medical Association is likely to go to court against the order.

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