The supply of Vit-c tablets and multivitamins have started to narrow down in our town. Due to this shortage, medical stores are asking for upto 2x the price. My visit to medical store yesterday was very disturbing. Could see people buyig medicine out of just verbally telling the drug to buy, no prescription nothing. some people were just asking the person in the store for dosage as if he was the doctor.
04/27/2021, 8:30 AM
Tbh, that has always been the case in India. Multivitamins are still fine. Lots of people buy and consume dangerous meds without any prescription. The common painkillers etc that we consume are banned in other countries because they have lethal side effects
Pharma companies dump banned drugs in India because the govt doesn't care
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics like cipro, levaquin, (and generally anything ending in -ofloxacin), can cause permanent nerve damage and one of the presentations is demyelination of the nerves. 
Permanent nerve damage (neuropathy, pins and needles, tingling, muscle weakness, spasms, muscle twitches, heart palpitations) is a known side effect. There's been no attempt made to study if there's any long term delayed brain effects from fluoroquinolones. "Brain fog" is a commonly reported symptom of those who experience fluoroquinolone side effects. I hope there will be more studies on long term brain health from these drugs, as they're given out liberally.
04/27/2021, 8:38 AM
Exactly. This is not new at all, I have seen so many consulting sessions happen in medical stores.
04/27/2021, 8:56 AM
I think one of the main reasons behind this is the mentality that a medical shop owner has a "degree" in pharmacy, hence they "know" what they are doing.
Second, mostly people try to avoid going for a doctor consultation if the problem is minor, say, common cold. In metro cities, the prices for a simple consultation can go off the roof sometimes, hence to "save" money, the alternate is to go with whatever the medical store recommends.
04/27/2021, 10:23 AM
Over time by reading doctors' prescriptions when they sell medicines they get to know a fair idea of what medicine works for what.
It's like a machine learning model that gets developed over time.
So the hit rate is quite good for common ailments.
04/27/2021, 2:46 PM
(Fluoro)Quinolone is not “banned” in any major country. Every country however (depending on their medical policies) regulates the use of this drug. I’ll echo on one of Shaksham’s point i.e. we (India) is not economically capable of imposing only prescription based policy as other developed nations do.