- In order to make the healthcare services affordable to the poor and needy people, PM Narendra Modi and his government is stressing upon the use of generic medicines.
- Generic medicines are cheaper and affordable as compared to the branded medicines available in the market.
Patients that seek treatment in civic-run hospitals in Mumbai, generally come from the poor and economically weaker sections of the society. These patients cannot afford the expensive branded drugs. Owing to which, a BMC corporator named Sangeeta Sharma has moved a proposal to direct all doctors from civic hospitals to prescribe generic medicines.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, BJP corporator, Sangeeta Sharma said, “Doctors who work in civic-run hospitals are prescribing branded medicines in major and peripheral hospitals in Mumbai. Several times, the medicine has to be procured from outside. Poor patients cannot afford it. So, I have raised the demanded to direct all doctors who are working in BMC hospital’s to prescribe generic medicines.”
Dr Avinash Supe, director of major civic-run hospitals said, “We have already given the instructions, that doctors should prescribe generic medicines to the patients. And the doctors from the civic hospitals prescribe generic medicines to patients.”
The union government has opened over 3,500 generic medicine stores across the country. Where poor patients can buy generic drugs at an affordable price. PM Modi has also requested the doctors across the country to prescribe generic medicines to the patients.