AP govt for prescription of standard regimes for TB, Malaria

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Hyderabad, Jan 25 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh governmentwould soon issue orders stipulating private medicalpractitioners and pharmacists on prescribing standard regimestowards treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria.

"We have noticed that doctors outside government system(private practitioners and pharmacists prescribing medicines)are not following the standard regimes which are standardisedover a long period of research -- on what needs to be done andon the quality of medicine," Andhra Pradesh PrincipalSecretary, (Health) P V Ramesh told reporters here today.

"We are working to see that Revised National TuberculosisControl Programme (RNTCP) regimes are prescribed towardscontrolling TB. With regard to Malaria... we will issue anorder by this week and for TB it will be done in a course ofone month," Ramesh said.

"We will follow-up the order by organising training/workshops for practitioners and request doctors on followingthe regimes so that everybody falls in line on adoptingstandard regimes. As far as pharamicists... the Drug ControlAdministration would enforce these orders," Ramesh said.

TB is a curable disease and "we would like to see thatevery TB patient is treated fully," he added.

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