States Ask Medical Stores To Keep Record Of Those Buying Fever Medicines


States Ask Medical Stores To Keep Record Of Those Buying Fever Medicines

Reports suggest that many people are buying medicines like paracetamol. (Representational)

New Delhi:

In the wake of rising coronavirus cases, authorities in several states have asked medical shops and pharmacists to keep a record of phone number and address of customers who buy medicines for fever, cough and cold-symptoms similar to COVID-19.

Advisories have been issued in this regard to chemists in states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, parts of Bihar and in Union Territory of Chandigarh.

In most states, the officials have been clear that the information is to be shared with authorities to ensure that people are not hiding symptoms of coronavirus.

In a memo to all municipal commissioners and additional collectors of districts, Telangana’s Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration and Urban Development) Arvind Kumar said it has been observed that due to “hesitation and perceived social stigma”, people suffering from fever or cold symptoms which might be similar to coronavirus are approaching the medical shops directly on their own and asking for fever medicines.

“It is imperative that in a proactive manner we follow up on these cases which are having fever and other such symptoms which might be similar to those of coronavirus.

“We should be able to contact these patients and get a test conducted depending upon the symptoms,” it said.

Mr Kumar instructed the officials to convene a meeting with all medical shops and pharmacists including respective associations and instruct them to necessarily take the contact address and phone numbers of customers who approach them to buy these medicines.

He asked the officials to get the list from the pharmacies and maintain a directory of all such cases and get the tests done if the symptoms are similar to COVID-19.

In Maharashtra, which has reported the highest coronavirus cases, the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the pharmacists to keep detailed records of medicines, including Hydroxychloroquine, used for treating various types of fevers and coughs.

The pharmacists are also asked to report to state authorities if any patient demands such medicine frequently so as to track down such people who might be trying to suppress symptoms of the infection.

Several people were buying medicines without prescriptions from doctors and a record of those who have been doing so for coronavirus symptoms will help authorities combat the outbreak better, an official said in Pune.

Health advisories have been issued to medicine shops in Odisha to keep a record of people purchasing flu medicines as authorities suspect they could be used to suppress symptoms of coronavirus with an intent to skip testing.

The Drug Controller Administration under the Health and Family Welfare department of Odisha has asked pharmacists to note the address or at least telephone number of the persons buying medicines for cold, cough and sneezing.

“We have been collecting data in order to ascertain the ratio of population vulnerable to cold and fever. There is no reason to be worried about. The data may be used in extreme case in future,” M Patnaik,the Drugs Controller of Odisha, told PTI.

An order by Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar said that all medical stores, chemists shops including Jan Aushdhi shops and doctors particularly general physicians running private clinics too would maintain the record – name, mobile number and address – of the buyers or patients of medicines for fever, cold, throat infection, flu and similar symptoms and provide it to the Director Health Services on daily basis.

The Director Health services would formulate and execute a plan to collect the data from such medical shops and general physicians on a daily basis and then track the patients for COVID-19 symptoms and take all necessary actions to control the outbreak of COVID-19, as per order.

Any violation of this order would invite action under relevant section of Indian Penal Code (IPC), said the order which will come into effect from April 20.

In Bihar, Health Minister Mangal Pandey told PTI-Bhasha:”No such direction has been issued from our department. Though district-level officials may be taking steps keeping in view the situation in their area”.

Reports suggest that a large number of people are buying medicines like paracetamol.

The missive issued by Vishwajit Dasgupta, Assistant Drug Controller, Patna Nagar Nigam region, asks medicine retailers to politely ask for mobile numbers of those purchasing medicines used in treatment of cough and cold and fever.

The mobile numbers should be entered in the respective cash memos and chemists and druggists should keep a spare copy of these to be shared as and when required.

The counterpart of Biswas in Kaimur district directed medical store owners to provide name, address and mobile phone numbers of all such purchasers every day by 3 pm.

In Bhojpur, the direction has come from the district administration which has asked shop owners, as also private clinics and hospitals, to provide full details of buyers/patients with the symptoms the concerned government hospitals incharge or Medical Officer.

Chemists and druggists in the state, while not averse to the exercise, are dismayed over lack of uniformity in directions.

“At one place information is sought every evening. At another place no particular time is stated. It would have been better had there been guidelines applicable to the entire state,” said Prasann Kumar Singh, president of the Bihar Chemists and Druggists Association.

The assistant drug controller of Rohtas provided druggists and chemists in the district with a pro forma wherein the details are to be filled up and sent to the drug inspector of the sub division concerned twice daily, via WhatsApp, at 10 AM and again at 4 pm.

Odisha Drug Controller said the Drug Controller Administration has already restricted sale of certain medicines like Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin.

The chemist outlets are directed not to sell such medicines without doctors prescription, she said.

Coronavirus infections crossed 16,000 with 1,324 cases being reported in the last 24 hours and the death count surpassed 500, according to the Union Health ministry data on Sunday.

World

23,48,124Cases

15,82,245Active

6,04,475Recovered

1,61,404Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,48,124 and 1,61,404 have died; 15,82,245 are active cases and 6,04,475 have recovered as on April 19, 2020 at 6:48 pm.

India

16,116 1324Cases

13,295 1006Active

2,302 287Recovered

519 31Deaths

In India, there are 16,116 confirmed cases including 519 deaths. The number of active cases is 13,295 and 2,302 have recovered as on April 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai514

Pune134

Mumbai Suburban65

Thane31

Sangli24

Ahmednagar22

Nagpur17

Latur8

Palghar8

Aurangabad8

Raigad6

Satara5

Yavatmal4

Osmanabad4

Buldhana4

Jalgaon2

Kolhapur2

Hingoli2

Ratnagiri2

Washim1

Nashik1

Sindhudurg1

Amravati1

Jalna1

Gondia1

Details Awaited*2783

3651 328

3075 284

365 34

211 10

DistrictCases

South175

Central100

North66

Shahdara66

New Delhi56

South East33

South West24

West23

East17

North East9

North West6

Details Awaited*1318

1893 186

1778 185

72

43 1

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad79

Surat18

Bhavnagar13

Gandhinagar12

Vadodara12

Rajkot10

Patan5

Porbandar3

Mahesana2

Kachchh2

Gir Somnath2

Panch Mahals1

Anand1

Sabar Kantha1

Jamnagar1

Chhotaudepur1

Morbi1

Botad1

Details Awaited*1439

1604 332

1452 316

94 6

58 10

DistrictCases

Indore116

Bhopal70

Morena12

Jabalpur8

Ujjain8

Barwani3

Khargone3

Chhindwara2

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Vidisha1

Details Awaited*1180

1407 52

1210

127 58

70 1

DistrictCases

Chennai150

Coimbatore60

Dindigul45

Tirunelveli36

Erode32

Tiruchirappalli30

Namakkal28

Madurai24

Theni24

Karur22

Tiruppur19

Villupuram16

Cuddalore13

Thiruvallur12

Thiruvarur12

Salem12

Virudhunagar11

Thanjavur11

Nagapattinam11

Tiruvannamalai9

Kanchipuram6

Kanniyakumari6

Sivaganga5

Vellore5

The Nilgiris4

Ramanathapuram2

Ariyalur1

Perambalur1

Details Awaited*765

1372 49

992

365 82

15

DistrictCases

Jaipur104

Jodhpur55

Bhilwara27

Tonk20

Jhunjhunu20

Jaisalmer16

Bikaner11

Churu11

Kota10

Banswara9

Ajmer7

Dungarpur6

Dausa6

Bharatpur5

Alwar4

Udaipur4

Nagaur2

Pali2

Pratapgarh2

Dholpur1

Karauli1

Sikar1

Details Awaited*1027

1351 122

1157 122

183

11

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar58

Agra49

Meerut32

Ghaziabad23

Lucknow22

Shamli14

Saharanpur13

Kanpur Nagar8

Sitapur8

Varanasi7

Bareilly6

Maharajganj6

Basti5

Ghazipur5

Firozabad4

Hathras4

Kheri4

Baghpat3

Pratapgarh3

Jaunpur3

Hapur3

Azamgarh3

Bulandshahr3

Rae Bareli2

Mirzapur2

Pilibhit2

Mathura2

Banda2

Shahjahanpur1

Kaushambi1

Moradabad1

Prayagraj1

Hardoi1

Budaun1

Bijnor1

Barabanki1

Auraiya1

Details Awaited*779

1084 115

959 90

108 22

17 3

DistrictCases

Hyderabad174

Nizamabad26

Warangal Urban23

Medchal Malkajgiri17

Ranga Reddy17

Nalgonda13

Jogulamba Gadwal12

Adilabad10

Kamareddy9

Karimnagar9

Mahabubnagar8

Suryapet8

Sangareddy7

Jagitial4

Vikarabad4

Nirmal4

Medak4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Peddapalli2

Mulugu2

Jangoan2

Nagarkurnool2

Jayashankar Bhupalapally1

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Details Awaited*480

844 53

640 53

186

18

DistrictCases

Kurnool57

Spsr Nellore42

Guntur38

Krishna28

Y.s.r.27

Prakasam24

West Godavari21

Visakhapatanam20

Chittoor17

East Godavari12

Anantapur6

Details Awaited*311

603

546

42

15

DistrictCases

Kasaragod149

Kannur51

Ernakulam26

Thiruvananthapuram15

Malappuram14

Kozhikode13

Pathanamthitta13

Thrissur12

Idukki10

Kollam8

Palakkad7

Alappuzha3

Kottayam3

Wayanad3

Details Awaited*73

400 4

140 2

257 2

3

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban59

Mysuru34

Chikkaballapura10

Bidar10

Uttara Kannada10

Dakshina Kannada8

Belagavi7

Ballari6

Kalaburagi6

Bagalkote5

Bengaluru Rural5

Udupi4

Mandya3

Tumakuru2

Davangere2

Gadag1

Kodagu1

Dharwad1

Chitradurga1

Details Awaited*209

384 13

266

104 12

14 1

DistrictCases

Srinagar33

Bandipora24

Baramulla16

Budgam9

Jammu9

Udhampur8

Kupwara5

Pulwama4

Rajouri3

Shopian3

Ganderbal2

Details Awaited*225

341 13

285 4

51 9

5

DistrictCases

Kolkata37

Howrah15

Medinipur East12

Kalimpong7

24 Paraganas North6

Jalpaiguri5

Nadia5

24 Paraganas South4

Hooghly4

Purba Bardhaman3

Medinipur West2

Paschim Bardhaman2

Darjeeling1

Details Awaited*207

310 23

236 14

62 7

12 2

DistrictCases

Nuh38

Gurugram35

Palwal28

Faridabad19

Karnal5

Ambala4

Panipat4

Fatehabad3

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Bhiwani2

Rohtak1

Kaithal1

Sonipat1

Jind1

Hisar1

Charki Dadri1

Details Awaited*84

233 8

143

87 44

3

DistrictCases

S.a.s Nagar26

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (nawanshahr)18

Amritsar10

Hoshiarpur7

Jalandhar6

Ludhiana5

Mansa5

Fatehgarh Sahib2

Pathankot2

Faridkot1

Kapurthala1

Moga1

Patiala1

Barnala1

Details Awaited*133

219 17

172 10

31 4

16 3

DistrictCases

Siwan6

Gaya5

Patna5

Munger4

Gopalganj3

Begusarai2

Nalanda2

Saharsa2

Bhagalpur1

Lakhisarai1

Saran1

Details Awaited*54

86 1

47 1

37

2

DistrictCases

Khordha33

Bhadrak3

Cuttack2

Jajapur1

Kalahandi1

Kendrapara1

Puri1

Details Awaited*19

61 1

36

24 3

1

DistrictCases

Dehradun17

Nainital4

Udam Singh Nagar4

Almora1

Haridwar1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*14

42

33

9

0

DistrictCases

Solan7

Kangra3

Una3

Details Awaited*26

39 1

22 1

16

1

DistrictCases

Raipur5

Korba2

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*26

36

12

24

0

DistrictCases

Golaghat9

Goalpara4

Marigaon4

Nalbari4

Dhubri3

Kamrup Metro2

Cachar1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

South Salmara Mancachar1

Details Awaited*3

35

22

12 3

1

DistrictCases

Ranchi2

Hazaribagh1

Details Awaited*32

35 2

33 2

0

2

DistrictCases

Chandigarh18

Details Awaited*5

23 2

13 1

10 1

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil3

Details Awaited*4

18

4

14

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

Details Awaited*4

14 2

3 2

11

0

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills1

Details Awaited*10

11

10

0

1

DistrictCases

North Goa5

South Goa1

Details Awaited*1

7

1

6

0

DistrictCases

Pondicherry4

Mahe1

Details Awaited*2

7

4

3

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases

Gomati1

Details Awaited*1

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0



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