Aiming to prevent indiscriminate sale of medical creams containing steroids and antibiotics, Union Government of India has banned over 14 creams including alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide, desoximetasone, flucinonide etc.
According to an official notification from health ministry, 14 steroid-based creams and ointments under the Schedule H category by making amendments to certain Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.
The immediate decision was taken following consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board which had recommended a ban on the sale of such creams without prescription and had also submitted their recommendations to the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation.
The move comes after dermatologists complained that pharmaceuticalcompanies were selling steroid-based creams and ointments to patients who use them without medical guidance.
The revised rules will apply to skin creams that contain steroids or other prescription drugs and not for ordinary face-cleansing and moisturisers.