As a category of drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines do not have a legal definition in India. For all practical purposes, medicines are considered OTC unless it is specifically stated that they are prescription-only drugs. So, consumers can buy OTC drugs from any pharmacy (physical or online), retail store or supermarket without a doctor’s prescription. About two weeks ago, joint drugs controller A K Pradhan said that discussions and deliberations were on to bring in guidelines for OTC medicines.
Since the pandemic, when people suddenly found themselves alone and in a situation where they had to fend for themselves, OTC medicines have reached an inflection point. People’s awareness about their health needs and willingness to spend more on wellness has made
First Published: Nov 20 2023 | 12:32 AM IST