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Laws to push doctors to prescribe affordable, generic drugs in the offing, hints PM

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Laws to push doctors to prescribe affordable, generic drugs in the offing, hints PM

Surat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated that his government may bring in a legal framework under which doctors will have to prescribe generic medicines, which are cheaper than equivalent branded drugs, to patients.

Modi said his government brought in a health policy after 15 years and capped the prices of medicines and stents, which has angered some pharmaceutical companies.

Speaking at the inauguration of a charitable hospital here, he exhorted the wealthy people to come forward and contribute towards health care of the needy people.

This country has not been built by the kings and leaders alone but by the power of the people, he said.

“Doctors write prescriptions in such a way that poor people do not understand the handwriting, and he has to buy that medicine from private stores at high prices,” Modi said.

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“We will bring in a legal framework by which if a doctor writes a prescription, he has to write in it that it will be enough for patients to buy generic medicine and he need not buy any other medicine,” he said.

“In our country doctors are less, hospitals are less and medicines are expensive. If one person falls ill in a middle class family, then the financial health of the family gets wrecked. He cannot buy a house, cannot conduct the marriage of daughter,” he pointed out.

“It is the government’s responsibility that everybody should get health services at minimal price,” the PM said.

“We have recently declared a health policy. The health policy has been brought in after 15 years,” he said.

“Earlier, the health policy was brought when Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) was the Prime Minister. Nothing happened in between (in health sector), which I have to do (now),” Modi said targeting the previous UPA government led by the Congress.

“When I was in Gujarat, I used to attract the wrath of many (by my decisions). Now when I have gone to Delhi, I have been instrumental in making many people angry, everyday I do some work which makes some or other person sulk,” he said.

“See these companies which are manufacturing medicines, they used to charge Rs 1,200 for an injection. We called everyone (pharma companies) and ensured that the prices are reduced.

“The prices of 700 medicines were capped so that poor people get medicines at reasonable rates when they face grave diseases,” Modi said.

“We have also capped the prices of stents used in heart ailments,” he said.

“We have done this work, and you can imagine how angry the manufacturers of medicines will be. Despite the wrath of a very powerful lobby, the government is taking one step after another so that poor people and middle class get quality health services,” the Prime Minister said.

He said the government has implemented the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Pariyojna’, where people get generic medicines from stores at reasonable rates.

Modi also stressed on preventive health care saying if people adopt it, they will not have to visit hospitals.

“Preventive health care is very important. My Swachhta Abhiyan (cleanliness campaign) is aimed at preventive healthcare as it has been proved that many diseases are contracted if we live in an unclean environment,” he said.

“Yoga is also very important for wellness and I am running a campaign to make it popular across the world,” he said.

He exhorted the well-off people to come forward and provide health care to the poor and middle class people.

“We require a jan andolan, jan shakti to provide effective healthcare to every person in the country,” he said.

“Our country has a different mentality, our country was not made by governments, our country was not made by kings, neither by leaders, our country was built by the service oriented approach of our countrymen,” he said.

“‘Seva permo dharma’ has been the motto of our people,” the PM said.

“You tell me the dharmshalas outside every important pilgrim town, were they built by the government? Who used to build wells and lakes in villages? Did the government build it? he asked.

“The cow shelters in villages are not built by the government, libraries are not built by government,” he said asking people to come forward to build and run hospitals in the rural areas.

Prior to his speech, Modi inaugurated the Rs 400 crore Kiran Multi Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre, built by Samast Patidar Arogya Trust in Katargam area here.

He had also laid the foundation stone of the hospital when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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Source: PTI
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    DR UJJAL KUMAR GHOSH June 22, 2017, 10:53 am

    p m you write a medical pharmacopia in consultation with baba ramdeo and we doctors will follow that .there is a limit to everything.INDIAS FUTURE IS IN DARK

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    DR G S Grewal Former President PMC April 19, 2017, 2:16 pm

    PMO should vanish the difference between Retail Prices and MRP if they really want to benefit Poor to make medicines affordable Also anything which is a medicine should come under NLEM

  3. Few counter questions before putting generic drugs into practice:
    1. Will the shopkeeper decide which company\’s generic drug to be given to the patient. How will he decide?
    2. Why cannot all branded drugs be banned ? Only generic drugs should be available in the market.
    3. Why is MRP mentioned on the drugs. Why not the exact price. Everything is sold on the exaggerated MRP price?

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    Dr B R Jagashetty April 19, 2017, 11:57 am

    It is very good move in the interest of affordability of medicines by a patient however I feel certain things need to be addressed like:
    1. How a doctor can remember and writes Prescription (Rx) of drugs in their Generic names of FDCs containing 3 or more drugs,
    2. When during 2012 DCGI issued a direction to all Licensing Authorities across country to issue permission / license for any drug in their generic name only, then why the manufacturers are allowed to put Brand names on drugs and who is permitting & controlling such Brands is not clear,
    3. How to curtail the doctors writing unnecessary tests and indiscriminate antibiotics / drugs with tonics in a single Rx which definitely will cost to the packet of patient,
    4. Why not \”Prescription Audit\” be introduced to curtail such practice by doctors which may help to reduce the drug / antibiotic resistance to some extent & such Audit may be carried out randomly by a team of personalities as decided by Govt. composing an officer from drugs control administration,
    5. Though MCI has amended its rules making mandatory for writing RX in Generic names only by Doctors and also in capitals, it seems not even 1% of doctors are following this direction,
    6. Recently drugs and cosmetics rules have been amended making mandatory of submitting BE (Bio equivalence) studies for Biopharmaceuticals manufacturers. Why this can’t be extended to all drugs for all manufacturers who apply for new drug and also who apply first time even after 4 year period?
    7. The cost of medicines may be around 18-20% in total health expenses and thereby there may be need to find ways to curtail other expenses also,
    8. Whether existing medical shop owners are competent enough to dispense proper Generic medicines professionally but not as a businessman?

  5. For make india the treatment free = why complain the doctors – their duty is to prescribe the right mecicine to the illness. why collecting the pharmacy taxes and other charges to the politicians enjoy the llife and blame the doctors- control overall pricing every day increas and the citizens expect your ministry to stop the corruption which is not controlled by you.

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