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Homeopathy Practitioners In India Legally Prescribe Allopathic Medicines In Maharashtra


The state government on Friday said that ayurveda, homeopathy and unani practitioners would soon be able to legally prescribe allopathic medicines in Maharashtra provided they completed a one-year course in pharmacology.

Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit, minister for medical education, told the assembly that the course material was ready and by August the state would issue an ordinance for these doctors to do the course and clear an exam. If they pass, they can prescribe allopathic medicines.

The minister said in a written reply that the decision to introduce the one-year pharmacology course was made on the advice of the attorney general, who suggested that it could be done by amending the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act, 1961. But when it was referred to the state law and judiciary department, it pointed out that a mere amendment to the Act will be of no use as under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, the assent of the Medical Council of India (MCI) is mandatory.


But a senior official told TOI that the government does not need an approval from the Medical Council of India to start a "certificate course" as the state has the requisite powers under the concurrent list. "Only a degree or a diploma course needs a mandatory approval from the MCI," the official said.

The matter came up before the House during a calling attention motion on police harassment faced by doctors who provide alternative treatment, particularly in rural Maharashtra. It was raised by Vijay Wadettiwar, who said that in the absence of allopathic doctors, people had to go to doctors from other streams but they were not allowed to prescribe allopathic medicines. "When the state has the power to allow these doctors to prescribe allopathic medicines, why does it hesitate to do so?"

Gavit said it was true that there was a paucity of allopathic doctors in rural areas and the association of homeopathy doctors had requested that homeopaths should be allowed to prescribe allopathy medicines.


Times of India The allopaths plan to dispute this action. Upset with giving BMHS and other health practitioners the right and ability to provide prescription drugs to patients, we may also discuss this in view of homeopaths providing the best similimum via homeopathic remedies.

Are there situations when you might prescribe an allopathic drug?

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Comment by Debby Bruck on July 14, 2012 at 3:21am

This news report probably would have been best placed under Forum In My Country or maybe Legal Questions and Answers. How many homeopaths will take this one-year course to dispense medicines? 

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on July 14, 2012 at 6:38am

This is called the legal practice of illegal medicine. I wonder why the ministers want all AYUSH doctors to prescribe Modern medicine. I am very sure that this decision is due to the influence of pharmaceutical lobby. I hope that the court order will ban this decision within a few days.

Comment by Dr Deepak Sharma on July 15, 2012 at 12:18am

This decision may finish the homeopathic practice in Maharashta, I truly not agree with this decision the reason is when we prescribe the allopathy we just forget about how the homeopathy medication, the same decision came many years ago for ayurvedic physician and at present ayurvedic practice is almost finish in India. The charm of modern medicine is very high that's why all want to do that especially the new youth those just passed the BHMS. 

Comment by Viktor Kalocsai on July 15, 2012 at 4:11am


The “ruling elite’s” aggressive, smart and in-compassionate mechanism that is leaded by smart, greedy people brainwash the generations and offer fame, money and recognition in the false name of science, health or sustainable lifestyles. People today lost the consciousness to spiritual path that makes people peaceful, lovable/kind, compassionate and wholehearted. When the leaders of a country are corrupt and coward and ignorant, then the citizens can't do much about their rights or protect their rights and if they go on the streets to protest, they are the potential "bad". Thus, the force may be implemented against them and only by the law enforcement authorities. What a word: 'law enforcement'!!!! It's typical. Enforce the unjust and one-sided law that protects the money-makers and politicians and their institutions. People are being criminalized by criminals without end. Smart and evil but not enough smart. None of the aggressive and arrogant and even smart evildoers were successful in changing the world according to their ideas!

People of Maharastra and other parts of the Earth must say no to legal prescription of Allopathic drugs of any kind.  It's clear cut that Homeopaths shall NOT prescribe Allopathic drugs (allopathic drugs are not medicines).


Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on July 17, 2012 at 1:46am

Unforunatly it is our BHMS(allopath) friend faith.Since many years it was illigle but not is legal to pracice allopathy medicines.It will not change the homoeopathic principles but it will harm new coming homoeopath towards homoeopathy bcoz of easy money and reputation.

I remember the Line of H A Robert 'What has Homeopathy to offer  the  young man?'This question comes to us repeatedly and in our changing economic conditions it is a pertinent question.

  One of the first essentials, now that we are convinced of his unselfish desire to serve, is to determine whether he has stability. If he is mercurial in temperament, easily influenced, and finds it difficult to hold a straight course, always seeking the easiest way, do not encourage him to study homœopathy.

Homœopathy as a profession carried a challenge. The possibilities of its art are infinite.

     What future has homœopathy to offer to you? Young man, what have you to offer homœopathy? H A Robert.

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on July 18, 2012 at 1:53am

I dont know the but people from higher authority in homoeopathy are still quite.They dont know the consequences of that decision.

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on July 22, 2012 at 3:25am

Homeopathic collages in Maharashtra are made for to creat only doctor not for creaing physician.Most of the collages of homoeopathic are from politicians to make money . Teachers which are teaching homoeopathy to sudents are from homoeopathic education but allopath by profession and mind.They came to earn money from another source. Homoeopath can only creat homoeopath which is lack in no one is ready to teach homoeopathy to sudents,How they will practice homoeopathy??Inviroment for students to learn and practice homoeopathy is less in every students of homoeopathy educated in homoeopathic and allopathy by mind.As the years passes number of allopath graduated from homoeopathy education and started doing allopathy illigle still there will be no law of practice allopathy. Now there are 60000 or more student of homoeopathy practicing allopathy illigle in rural where there no MBBS doctor.And now they become icon of community. During srike maharashtra gov. find that how the things happen without there absence. Rural people do not get the treatment during strikr period. Finally they decided to start practice allopathy practice ligally.

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on July 22, 2012 at 3:28am

What finally will happen that hahnemann spend his whole life to creat homoeopathy as first science but student homoeopathy are not willing to practice homoeopathy.

Comment by Dr Nikhil Kambli on August 3, 2012 at 9:05am

hello friends

 i totally disagree with all of you..

i see this as a boon in our practice.

for reasons i am going to give..

1. how many of us are aware of the pharmacological action of the drugs ( most patients come when they are already taking allopathic medciation their withdrawl and impact it will have on the humans is not known when the 'modern' medicine has already documented it.

2.on what basis do we withdraw the drugs? in combined prescriptions which drugs should be withdrawn first and why.

3. Are the symptoms before us iatrogenic(medicine induced) in nature

4. when we have to withdraw medicines  which are prescribed in combinations we will be able to write down new medicines to reduce and wait and what for the action of our remedies

5.finally it increases the knowledge of what new drugs are used.

6. to make basic health care reach rural areas


       I am a homeopath practising homeopathy..remember our masters had all the knowledge of the then"modern" medicines so even we should..


the fact that the portion in colleges have reduced (related to anat physio medicine etc ) is shocking..



Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on March 23, 2013 at 8:13am

See Dr. Nikhil it is very sad that the homoeopath like you are commenting like this is unfortunate.One side yoy says I am homoeopath and other side you are supporting allopathic drugs and its action.And who said that we dont know the action of So called Modern drugs. Many homoeopathy already discuss the issue of drugs withdraw from the patient that he is already taking.


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