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Government to ask doctors to prescribe generic medicines

Government to ask doctors to prescribe generic medicines

New Delhi : The government is planning to modify the rules of the Medical Council of India to make it compulsory for all physicians to prescribe medicines with generic names, Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar said.

In response to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said the Ethics Committee Regulation of the Medical Council of India (MCI) is proposed to be modified to make prescribing generic medicines compulsory.

Under the amended regulation, “every physician should prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure there is a rational prescription and use of drugs”.

The minister also said the issue has been taken up with the health ministry to make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic medicines and to allow pharmacists to substitute generic medicines for branded medicines.

Ananth Kumar said availability of good quality medicines at reasonable price is a high priority area for the government and steps taken include bringing out a revised National List of Essential Medicines and inclusion of more medicines in the list.

“The price of medicines included in the NLEM have gone down in the recent past as a result of the downward trend in the wholesale price index,” the minister said.

He also said the Department of Pharmaceuticals is aiming to open 3,000 ‘Jan Aushadhi’ outlets to market generic medicines at fraction of the MRP.

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    KIRANKUMAR EKNATHRAO WANKHEDE July 31, 2016, 7:41 am

    It is wrong.Either improve government hospital or provide drugs at cheaper rates.In this case doctors are not at fault but business policy is at fault.What about people coming to India for treatment from western n Saudi is same because treatment is cheaper in our country.Surgical procedures,sutures,Lences,anesthesia drugs are not generic options.effective study is not available to prove that generic drugs are good Quality.But branded products are famous.Even for students of medical education many of books are from foreign Authors.Just to provide cheaper drugs is not enough.Disease control and keep people healthy and wealthy is important issue.

  2. How one doctor canwrite generic names ofdrugs in capital letters .How much time one prescription will take if there r 13 or14drugs as on CGHS beneficiary pts.Minister should writeone prescription n see how much time it takes.As such generic drugs r not cheap as MRP printed is very high giving huge profit to chemist.

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    Bharat Panigrahy July 30, 2016, 4:08 pm

    Yes , everybody should prescribe generic medicines but the system has to be changed. When a patient goes to a medicine shop with a prescription showing Metformin 500mg 30 tabs what the store pharmacist will give ? Medicine stores do not keep generic drugs . He will choose a brand of his own where he gets maximum profit without looking into the quality. Who will be benefited by that ? Before advising the doctor community , the administrators should come out with a clear system so that everybody will be benefited. there is no problem of writing generic medicines .

  4. first all the ministries /mps & IAS officers should get treated only in government hospitals & start taking generic medicines for their relatives especially when they are in life threatening situations.COMPULSORY.
    second they should ban all the branded medicines.
    if they are so sincere about caring peoples lives in real time scenarios.

  5. Most of the medicine shops are run by businessman. They have dummy pharmacist in the store. Only to get license they ask some pharmacist to use their name
    Business man sell the medicine giving them much profit.

Source: IANS

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