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Prescribe only Generic Drugs or Face Action: MCI

Prescribe only Generic Drugs or Face Action: MCI

For any doctor found violating clauses 5 of Ethics Regulation, suitable disciplinary action would be undertaken by the concerned SMC/ MCI.

New Delhi: Taking cue from the recent announcements of the Prime Minister, stressing on prescription of generic drugs by medical practitioners, MCI has come out with a notification highlighting that strict discilplinary action shall fall upon those who do not do so and in the process violate the concerned clauses of the IMC Act.

In a letter written to Deans/ Principals of all the Medical Colleges, Director of all the hospitals (exclusive PG Institutions without medical colleges), Presidents of all the State Medical Councils, Health Secretaies, Director medical education and director health services of all the States, MCI was seen seen highlighting its circulars and amendments on the issue.

The clause 1.5 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 has been amended in 2016 and notified in the Gazette of India on 21.09.2016, which reads as under:-

“1.5 – Use of Generic names of drugs: 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.”

The apex medical regulator stated that All the Registered Medical Practitioners under the IMC Act are directed to comply with the aforesaid provisions of the Regulations without fail.

For any doctor found violating clause.5 of Ethics Regulation, suitable disciplinary action would be undertaken by the concerned SMC/ MCI.

Authorities have been requested to give wide publicity of the above regulation to ensure that all the doctors practicing medicine under your jurisdiction comply with the regulation with the council reiterating them  to take necessary steps for observance of the aforesaid provision of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 in its letter and spirit.


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    Dr.V V CHINIWALAR April 28, 2017, 4:56 pm

    The motive and intention of Govt of India is no doubt good in the interest of patients and public at large but it is difficult for the Doctors to prescribe.For example if a patient is taking treatment for Type II Diabetes – Metformin,Glimepremide and Pioglitazone, all the three are available in one tablet but if you are going for generic drugs, Doctor has to write all the 3 drugs seperatly and patient has to consume seperately. Instead of meals he should go on consuming only drugs..drugs and drugs , If the Govt wants Doctors to prescribe only Generic Drugs then let the Govt stop giving permission to the drug manufacturers the combination drugs. Let them manufacture only generic drugs. Instead of pressurizing Doctors let them issue a notice to all pharma companies to stop the combination drugs. If they are not available in the market then no doctor will prescribe.He will prescribe only the drugs available in the market. Don\’t scapegoat the DOCTORS because they are white collard, soft and smooth people in the society.

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    Dr. Balachandran April 27, 2017, 2:24 am

    How is one going to write a triple or quadruple drug combination tablet in generic form on the limited space of a standard prescription paper of A5 size. Perhaps this is why the govt. initiated a ban on combination drugs previously. Perhaps someone should challenge the MCI order in court. What is unethical about writing a drug by the name the company has given its preparation, to which it has copyright. How can the MCI prevent chemists from selling the exact same drug as generic at the same price, simply by telling patients that this is \” first quality\” while cheaper generics are \”third quality\”. After all noodles and detergents and mobile phones are sold by brand name, so why not drugs or vice versa. Both are similar businesses. What is the MCI\’s position, if the patient prefers branded drugs over generic. If generic drugs are prescribed, Patients are going to self medicate more, which will be very dangerous. The govt. should first make it compulsory for chemists to dispense only on valid, unexpired prescriptions only. What can the MCI do if Doctors Prescribe generics with adjectives like the company name – technically the doctor has written a generic prescription, but manufactured by a certain company, and tells the patient that this is the best quality drug.

  3. Humanly impossible when I have to see about one hundred patients in my opd

  4. Then why there are so many pharmaceutical companies in Indi. Some of them lots of money on research and trails. This is circular is only for qualified and registered medical practitioners and others like AYUSH (quacks) fellows can practice modern medicine can prescribe branded names. M C I members have lost common sense . If you want to curb corruption and other malpractice stop these aysh fellows practsing modern medicine . You pple can u assure the quality of these generic drugs . It wil be big challenge for practicing clinicians particularly after some surgical procedure . Already the doctors are facing all types of insults . Who r u to decide what I should write to my patient . Instead of going for public debate the circular is one sided. Don\’t pressurize doctors to follow impractical circulars.


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    Dr.Ajayan Varughese April 22, 2017, 7:32 pm

    I am Dr Ajayan Varughese
    Regarding this issue my suggestion is
    Classify all the drugs NUMERICALLY
    Classify all the pharmaceutical companies NUMERICALLY and STATE WISE
    Dolo 650( paracetamol 650) will be known as KA/12/25-650mg
    Paracip 650( paracetamol 650) will be known as MH/03/25-650mg
    KA stands for Karnataka ,MH stands for Maharashtra
    Let 12 is the manufacture codeof micro and 03 is the manufacture code of Cipla
    25 is the drug code of Paracetamol
    Each and every drug can be classified in this way
    It is Doctor friendly, Patient friendly ,pharmacist friendly