Common drugs to get OTC tag, antibiotics on prescription onl
Commonly used medicines for flu and pain relief that are available over the counter (OTC) despite some being “prescription only”, will now be put on a specific OTC list, while a legal framework will set out penalties on sale of antibiotics and other high-risk drugs without prescription.

Medicines for cough, cold, flu and pain relief, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and other analgesics, may soon be available OTC without prescription. But while the Centre is set to categorise more drugs as OTC, it is also drawing a legal regulatory framework to avoid misuse of high-risk drugs, especially antibiotics....