Some time ago, FDA had tightened regulations against sale of abortion pills. The efforts seem to have paid off, as sale of these drugs has fallen by 78 percent in Maharashtra.
Mahesh Zagade, the commissioner of FDA announced the drop in sales. He said that pharmaceutical companies were pushing doctors to prescribe their abortion dugs by offering incentives and other attractive deals.
Realizing this undesirable trend, FDA had tightened the rules and made it mandatory for pharmacies across the state to record details of the patient, the doctor who prescribed the drug and file a copy of the prescription. Also, only qualified gynecologists are allowed to prescribe abortion pills.
The new regulations were implemented a few months ago and within this short time, the drop in sales of these medicines has been very substantial. Zagade said that the efforts have been tremendously successful.
He definitely seems to be right, considering the drop in the sale of these pills. He announced the details in Pune during a talk on Saturday. Some of the incentives which were being offered to doctors to prescribe abortion pills include something as ludicrous as “buy 1 get 5”.
Action is being taken against pharmacies and doctors who have not followed the new norms. Zagade said that such behavior by doctors and pharmaceutical companies will not be tolerated and they shall be brought to book. As of now, 28 FIRs have been filed against various doctors and pharmacists who have breached the norms.
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