Red packaging will be mandatory for antibiotics


| Updated:
October 10, 2022 8:12:12 PM

The government plans to introduce a provision that will require red colored packaging for antibiotics in a bid to regulate the ‘indiscriminate’ use of antibiotics.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque revealed the plan during an event at the secretariat on Tuesday, highlighting the widespread use of non-prescription antibiotics and its negative impact on public health, according to

Maleque said, “Antibiotics aren’t sold without a prescription anywhere in the world. Nobody buys them either. But here, anyone can get antibiotics from our pharmacies.”

“We don’t want pharmacies to provide antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. Packages containing antibiotics will be colored red to raise awareness.

Earlier, the minister held talks with health and drug regulators on ways to limit the non-prescribed use of antibiotics.

Pointing to a legislative vacuum in terms of regulating the use of antibiotics, Maleque said: “The law will be strengthened. The Drugs Act 2022 is in its final stages. It will be implemented once adopted by parliament.

Health regulators have also been ordered to ban unlicensed pharmacies from selling drugs, he said.


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