Doctors and pharmacists face-off on generic medicines

To make medicines affordable for common man, the government has also given the option of generic medicines. Owing to which, Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has written a letter to doctors by urging them to prescribe generic medicines in bold letter, along with branded. Still, the doctors don’t follow it. Even, PM Narendra Modi had asked patients to use generic medicines

Doctors and pharmacists face-off on generic medicines

According to Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association, doctors purposely avoid prescribing generic medicines. Kailas Tandle, president, Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association said, “MMC has written a letter to the doctors urging them to prescribe generic medicines. Before this, central government also gave a letter. Still, few doctors avoid prescribing it.”

According to the Maharashtra Medical Council’s letter, doctors have been instructed to prescribe generic medicine in bold letters. Suitable action will be taken if the complaints are received from the patients. With an aim to provide affordable medicines, generic medical stores have been started. Still, few doctors avoid it.

Dr Sudhir Patil President IMA Mumbai said, “Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has written a letter to doctors by urging them to prescribe generic medicines in bold letters. But, it is not mandatory. But, there is a big patient’s queue. Owing to which, prescribing branded and generic medicines takes a lot of time. Even if the doctors prescribe, the chemist can give them branded generic medicines.”

Arjun Khadtare, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), joint commissioner (drugs) said, “Patients should be provided medicines at an affordable rate. But, under the Drug and Cosmetics Act, patients will be given medicines which are only prescribed by the doctors.  This will be possible only if there are any amendments in law.”