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Availability of Generic Medicines: Health Ministry Statistics

Availability of Generic Medicines: Health Ministry Statistics

New Delhi: Recently, through a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha,  Minister of State (Independent Charge) Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed about the Generic Medicines.

As on 05.03.2018, under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), 3214 Kendras have been opened in 33 States/Union Territories of the Country and are functional in order to make available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all. A State/UT-wise list of 3214 functional PMBJP Kendras, including in West Bengal, Gujarat, Kerala and Maharastra, is given below:

S.No.  State/Union Territory  Number of functional PMBJP   Kendras
 Punjab   76
 Delhi   41
1  Haryana   69
2  Uttar Pradesh  501
3  Uttarakhand  97
4  Madhya Pradesh  68
5  Tripura  24
6  Mizoram  8
7  Andhra Pradesh  180
8   Gujarat  280
9   Karnataka  272
10   Rajasthan  89
11   Maharashtra  215
12   Odisha  72
13   Chandigarh  5
14   Jammu & Kashmir  33
15   Himachal Pradesh  28
16   Jharkhand  46
17   Bihar  95
18   Kerala  323
19   Chattisgarh  195
20   Arunachal Pradesh  24
21   Telangana  77
22   Tamil Nadu  274
23   Assam   51
24   West Bengal  47
25   Nagaland  11
26   Manipur  36
27   Dadar & Nagar Haveli  7
28   Puducherry  11

Under ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Priyojana’ (PMBJP), the product basket of the scheme now covers more than 700 medicines and 154 surgicals & consumables covering all major therapeutic groups such as Analgesics, Antipyretics, Anti-allergies, Anti-infectives, Anti-diabetic, Cardiovasculars, Anti-cancers, Gastro-intestinal medicines, Diuretics, etc. 666 medicines and 81 surgicals are available for supply under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Priyojna.

There are no reports of any gap between commonly used medicines and their availability in the medical stores of the Government. There is no report indicating shortage of most prescribed generic drugs at the outlets opened at Central Government Hospitals in Delhi.

Medical Council of India (MCI) has notified an amendment in Clause 1.5 of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, which stipulates that “Every physician should prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs”. Medical Council of India, vide its Circulars dated 21.04.2017, 22.11.2012 and 18.01.2013, has reiterated that all physicians should prescribe drugs with Generic names. Director, CGHS has vide Office Memorandum dated 08.09.2017, issued instructions to all CGHS Wellness Centres to ensure that prescription is only by generic name wherever generic drugs are available.

The MCI or the appropriate State Medical Councils have been empowered to take disciplinary action against a doctor for violation of the provisions of the aforesaid Regulations. As and when complaints are received against the violation of these, such complaints are referred by MCI to the concerned State Medical Councils where the doctors/medical practitioners are registered for appropriate action.


Source: government press release
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