Homoeopathy practitioners in Maharashtra will soon be able to legally prescribe allopathy drugs. Despite objection from sections of the medical fraternity and ministers, the state cabinet Thursday approved a proposal to this effect.
The government now plans to issue a notification for the implementation of the decision. Officials said Maharashtra would become the first state in the country to allow this practice.
Permission to prescribe drugs, however, comes with a rider. Homoeopaths will have to pursue a Certificate Course in Modern Pharmacology, framed by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. The course will include theory, practical and clinical training.
While homoeopathy practitioners and the state Council of Homoeopathy welcomed the decision, the Medical Association of Resident Doctors indicated that it would challenge the decision in the HC. The Maharashtra Medical Council also opposed it.
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