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The Indian government is considering allowing the Sale of Common Medicines in General Stores

The Indian government is considering allowing the sale of common, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines like cough and cold medications, antacids, and fever reducers at general stores in addition to pharmacies.

The government-appointed committee under DG Health Services Atual Goal is evaluating a proposal to make commonly used, safe OTC drugs more widely available across India, especially in rural areas with limited access to grocery stores.

The move is aimed at increasing access to essential medicines for the public, similar to practices in countries like the US and UK where OTC drugs are sold at grocery and general stores.

Other medicines expected to be sold without a prescription include certain decongestants,    commonly used laxatives, certain mouthwashes, anti-acne creams, and topical painkillers in cream form.

Notably, for the first time, the government of India is moving to make certain changes about the availability of medicines as close to the buyer as possible. Thus, you may not have to make that trip to the chemist soon to buy simple medicines.