Generic Medicines: After Himachal and Delhi, will Maha follow?

Himachal government is mulling a law to make Generic Medicines compulsory. Soon, the Delhi Government is going to pass an order making it mandatory to all the government hospitals and doctors therein to prescribe only National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) medicines to the patients. So, will Maharashtra follow the Himachal and Delhi government’s footsteps?

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  • Satyendar Jain, Minister of Health and family welfare announced that the Delhi Government is soon going to pass an order making it mandatory to all the government hospitals and Doctors therein to prescribe only National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) medicines to patients.
  • As per Jain, MRP (Maximum Retail Prices) of the medicines should not be fixed more than one and Half times.

Satyendar Jain, Minister of Health and family welfare, exhorted the pharmaceutical industry to ensure accessibility, availability and affordability of medicines to the poor and needy, while inaugurating a workshop organised by the Drugs Control Department in association with and National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)  and FICCI in Delhi.

He said, “The Delhi government has extended facility of 212 types of Diagnostic tests to the people in Mohalla Clinics. In the same way in all government hospitals free medicines and free tests should be ensured to all.”

Sudhansh Pant, Joint Secretary, Health, stressed upon the need for opening more and more generic medicines store to avail medicines at very nominal and affordable prices. “In the year 2016, there were 270 generic medicines stores in the country, now the number has increased to 3000. And 38 generic stores are available in the capital,” said Pant.

On Wednesday, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vipin Parmar, the Health Minister of Himachal Pradesh informed, “Soon, the state government will enact a law regarding the prescription of the Generic Medicines in the state.”

According to RP Yajurvedi Rao, president of the Society for Awareness of Civil Rights, “Each and every doctor should prescribe generic medicines.  For that , the Generic Medicine stores should be opened near the government medical colleges.”

Will Maharashtra enact a law regarding the prescription of the Generic Medicines in the state?