Doctors should supply generic medicines to patients, states DCC

On June 1, 2019, the drug consultative committee held its 56th meeting. To promote usage of generic medicines, the Central Drugs Control Standard Organisation's (CDCSO)- Drug Consultant Committee (DCC) has proposed that doctors should supply only generic instead of branded medicines to patients

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During the meeting, the Drug Consultative Committee spoke about the consideration of the proposal for amendment of the exemptions provided under Schedule K regarding supplying of medicines by Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) to their patients.

The DDC was apprised that Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) can supply different categories of medicines including vaccines to their patients as per exemptions provided with certain conditions under Schedule K of the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules,  1945. Currently, there is no specific category which can be supplied by RMP to their patients.

In the 56th meeting of the DCC, it was proposed that Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) shall supply ‘generic medicines’ only.

However, it has also been recommended that RMP shall supply the ‘physician sample’ free of cost.

In the meeting, the DCC proposed that, the following additional conditions may be incorporated under the conditions of exemption to prevent the misuse of the exemption.

The generic medicines are at least 90 per cent cheaper than the branded medicines

  • The Registered Medical Practitioner shall supply generic medicines only.
  • The Registered Medical Practitioners shall supply the ‘Physicians Samples’ at free of cost.

The DCC deliberated the proposal and agreed to amend Schedule K of the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 to specify the medicines to be supplied by RMP to their patients.

“The process will take at least six months and after that, the Health Ministry will give its green signal for implementation,” said a senior official from the Health Ministry on the condition of anonymity.