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Draft National Pharmacy Commission Bill

  • Published
    21st Nov, 2023
Context:

Health Ministry releases draft National Pharmacy Commission Bill.

Objectives of the bill

  • A significant move intending to replace the Pharmacy Act of 1948. The primary objectives is to enhance access to affordable and high-quality pharmacy education
  • Ensuring the availability of pharmacy professionals across the country, and promote equitable healthcare by making pharmacy services accessible to all citizens.

Important Provisions:

  • Periodic Assessment: The Bill calls for transparent and periodic evaluations of pharmacy institutions.
  • Pharmacy Register: A National Pharmacy Register will be maintained to ensure transparency in the details of pharmacy professionals.
  • Research Integration: Professionals are encouraged to integrate the latest research into their practice and contribute to ongoing research efforts.
  • Ethical Standards: Upholding high ethical standards is emphasized for pharmacy professionals.
  • Grievance Redressal: An effective mechanism for grievance redressal in relevant matters is proposed.
  • Commission Establishment: The Bill proposes the establishment of a commission headquartered in Delhi.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability: It emphasizes flexibility to adapt to evolving needs, reflecting a forward-looking approach.
  • Pharmacy Ethics and Registration Board: It introduces a Pharmacy Ethics and Registration Board tasked with maintaining the National Pharmacy Register.
  • Transparency and Accessibility: The focus is on making pharmacy services transparent and accessible to the broader population.

Nationwide Impact:

With a nationwide scope, the Bill aims to have a positive impact on pharmacy education, healthcare accessibility, and professional standards across India.

Presents a comprehensive approach towards equitable healthcare in the country.

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