Medical shops in big towns don't sell loose tablets. If I need just four pills of a medicine for two days treatment, I am forced to buy the entire strip of 10. This is a part of the nexus between pharma companies, doctors and medical shops. Most doctors, under the influence of pharma giants, already now prescribe 5 days treatment in order for the 10 tablet strip to be consumed. The consumers not only have to pay for something they don't need but risk adverse health consequences due to over consumption of medicines.

Stringent action needs to be taken to control this menace. more  

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In India most of the population is inborn doctors as they go to the pharmacy and ask medicines even in villages of U.P. & Bihar certain medicines are available at general stores. more  
The solution to the problem raised in this forum lies with the manufacturers of these medicines; instead of strips containing 10 tablets, the strips can be of 5 or so; in some cases, like the diabetic tablets I hv seen that the strip contains 7 tablets, one for each day;

Most of the time, the customers reject if the tablets are sold to him in ones or twos, because the loose tabs do not contain the details of date of manufacturing, composition etc; it is not safe to buy tablets when these info are not verifiable; more  
Giving full credit to Asgarji's line of presentation, the moot point remains "How does one challenge a physicians's assessement on dosage and duration" more  
in places i am buying, i have not observed this problem where Medical shop has declined to give the number of pills requested by me. you need to pursue with the shop or find another shop; as a last resort you need to inform the drug controller of your area. more  
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