Antiviral drugs should not be sold without prescription: Coimbatore Collector

Coimbatore district Collector S Nagarajan has directed the people not to take self-medication without a medical prescription for fever like symptoms.

The Collector has warned not to show indifference towards such symptoms during the pandemic. The second wave of COVID 19 hit the state of Tamil Nadu and the Coimbatore district in particular very severely.

The state government and district administrations brought in various measures and as a result of that, the caseload has started to decline. In this situation, Coimbatore district Collector has sent an official statement in which he has given certain directions to the people.

He said in the statement, “The initial symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cold and cough should not be taken lightly by the people. People should not take medicines like Paracetamol on their own without a medical prescription. This might perhaps cause long term adverse effects such as lung infection.

” The statement further said that the drugs prescribed for COVID-19 such as Ivermectin, Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Paracetamol, Steroids, Antibiotics and Antiviral drugs should not be sold without a proper medical prescription. “The medical shops must take due care of the availability of life-saving drugs including antibiotics, antiviral drugs and steroids.

If the above-mentioned drugs are sold to people with a proper medical prescription, the details of the patient and the doctor must be informed to the district administration throughout the Drug Control Board. An exemption can be given for those who are in home quarantine provided they show the necessary proof of an online or virtual prescription,” the Collector added.

It is further warned that these drugs must not be sold without a prescription at any cost and if overruled, due action will be taken.

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