Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Court lets ayurvedic doctors prescribe drugs

The Bombay high court on Wednesday 24-12-2014 refused to stay an amendment to laws on medical practice in the state that permits integrated ayurved practitioners to prescribe allopathic medicines to a limited extent. The court was hearing a petition filed by allopathic practitioners objecting to the amendment as lacking in legislative might. 

Justifying the amendment, state advocate general Sunil Manohar said the state had legislative competence to modify the law. He said data showed that MBBS doctors fall far short below the WHO-prescribed standards in rural areas and that in most health centres ayurveda doctors provide the manpower. 

Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, counsel for the integrated ayurvedic practitioners association, said they were allowed to prescribe allopathic drugs to the extent of their training. 

The amendment for homoeopathic practice contemplates a two-year course in phamaclogy for them to practice. A section of homeopaths through counsel Pankaj Savant said they were opposed to such integration. 

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