- The Maharashtra Registered Pharmacist Association (MRPA) has written a letter to the Union Health Minister JP Nadda.
- The pharmacists have demanded to allow them to give generic medicine to the patients as a substitute for branded drugs.
- Generic drugs are cheaper compared to the branded drugs and are available in the market.
A few days earlier, the Drug Controller General of India had ordered the chemists and pharmacists to create a separate shelf for generic medicines at a place where patients can easily see it. Now, the pharmacists have written a letter to the Union Minister seeking to empower the pharmacists to substitute brands with the generic drugs by revising the Drug and Cosmetic Act, 1940.
The letter to the Union Minister stated,
‘On Behalf of all registered pharmacists, we suggest the Union Health Ministry’s proposal to empower pharmacists (Chemists) to supply alternate cheaper drugs with the same ingredients.
We request you to empower the pharmacists to substitute brands with the generic version by revising the Drug and Cosmetic Act 1940, rule 1945, to provide medicine to the common people at cheaper rates, especially, not through the Jan Aushadhi Stores, but also through the private pharmacy (medicine store) across the country.’
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailash Tandale, President of the MRPA, said, “Generic medicines are cheaper when compared to the branded drugs. Doctors prescribe branded medicines rather than giving generic medicines. The doctors should write generic medicine name with the branded one. So, that needy patients can get their medicines at a cheaper rate.”
He further added, “The government should empower all the registered chemists and pharmacists to supply generic medicines as a substitute to the branded medicines. For this, the government should revise and change the section 65, 11-A of the Drug and Cosmetic Act, 1940