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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 Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on January 10, 2014 at 12:56am

Even the homeopathy council had rejected the move saying that it did not want to dilute the science of homeopathy.”

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on January 10, 2014 at 12:56am


The state government on Thursday allowed homoeopaths across Maharashtra to prescribe allopathic medicines after undergoing a year-long course in pharmacology. The decision came despite opposition by a few cabinet ministers, including health minister Suresh Shetty, who said it will set a precedent and prompt practitioners from other streams like veterinary science to make similar demands.

While the move is likely to benefit nearly 55,000 homoeopaths in the state, it has come under sharp criticism by the Maharashtra medical council (MMC) and the Indian medical association. The medical bodies have termed the cabinet decision as an attempt to favour politicians who run homoeopathy colleges.

It was medical education and drug minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit who pushed forward the proposal. Gavit and other ministers belonging to the NC P cited shortage of MBBS doctors in rural areas to justify the rationale behind allowing homeopaths to prescribe allopathic medicines in case of emergency.

Upset with the cabinet approval, the central Maharashtra association of resident doctors (MARD) has decided to take the legal route. Dr Santosh Wakchaure, president of central MARD said, “It is a disrespect to science and we will approach court to get a stay order on it. Cross-section practice shouldn’t be encouraged.”

MMC president Dr Kishor Taori said that allopathic medicines are double-edged weapons and no shortcuts should be adopted when it comes to dealing with people’s lives. He said, “The medical council of India and the MMC had rejected the suggestion. Even the homeopathy council had rejected the move saying that it did not want to dilute the science of homeopathy.”

Dr Taori added, “Besides, the MMC will not allow registration of these practitioners and the homeopathic council will also cancel their licence. Even globally they will not be recognised. Therefore, we want the government to reconsider the move.”

President of Maharashtra chapter of the Indian medical association Dr Anil Panchnekar said, “As per court orders, somebody who has studied homoeopathy should practise in that field only. Most of the homoeopathic colleges are run by politicians and the decision has been taken to favour them.”

DNA,Mumbai,Maharashtra.10 Jan 2014

Dr Panchnekar said the government should have first taken the nod of various medical bodies. He added, “We have called for a meeting of the office bearers of the IMA and will soon decide our course of action.”

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on December 13, 2013 at 1:53am

NOW I CAME KNOW WHY:H A Robert says in his book:WHAT HAS HOMŒOPATHY TO OFFER THE YOUNG MAN? ? We all have to read it again!!!!


Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on December 13, 2013 at 1:46am

Now a days homoepathy taking way of Gandhi (PROTEST,STRIKE,FAST).Many of homoeoallopath friends are on strike on 9 december 2013 for the demands of practicing allopathic emergency medicines in rural areas because of unavailability of MBBS doctor in PHC. 

They already decided into two groups and ready to take the credits achieved by them. They put government of Maharashtra tip of knife and demand for the allopathy. Among various other demands, the protesters have urged the state government to allow use of allopathic medicines by homoeopathic doctors during emergencies, involve them in public health services and provide better salaries to those working under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on March 23, 2013 at 8:30am

One of my friend from pune put one patient 'laprotomy done' photo over Facebook to boast that "He is doing all this" even doesnot konw the legal procedures before posting photo. he has to take consent of the patient then and then he must post is photo over Facebook.

What this things actually suggesting. He has knowledge of performing operation with the registered surgen but no any sense of legal issues.

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

REMEBER WE ARE PHYSICANS FIRST AND THEN HOMEOPATHS: We are homoeopathic physician first and homoepathic physician later.

Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on March 23, 2013 at 8:21am

I must say that supporting Modern drugs doesnot matter of opposition for allopathy and homoeopathy. But finally if the student from homoeopathic faculty start allopathy then who will return to the homoeopathy.

H A Robert says in his book:WHAT HAS HOMŒOPATHY TO OFFER THE YOUNG MAN? ? We all have to read it again!!!!

     What future has homœopathy to offer to you? Young man, what have you to offer homœopathy?

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.

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 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.

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