Health Ministry Bans Over-the-Counter Sale of 14 Steroid Creams

Published on April 09, 2018
 Union Health Ministry has banned over-the-counter sale of 14 ointments containing steroids and antibiotics without a prescription. The decision is taken to prevent the indiscriminate sale of such products.

The preparations were included under the Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, in a notification issued on March 23.


Drugs Technical Advisory Board recommended a ban on the sale of such creams without a prescription and also submitted their recommendations to the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation. The move comes after dermatologists complained that pharmaceutical companies were selling steroid-based creams to patients, who use them without medical guidance. Some ointments that have been banned are alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide and fluocinonide among others.

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