Soon, barcodes to be printed on BMC hospital-distributed medicines

According to the health department sources, many times the doctors ask the patients to purchase medicines from the open market citing that it is out of stock. It puts extra pressure on the poor and needy patients

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  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is contemplating to introduce a barcode system on medicines distribution in civic-run hospitals.
  • This system will ensure that no medicine procured by the BMC will land up in the open market.
  • The barcode system will help in curbing the sale and purchase of medicines and bring transparency in the system.

Soon, if you purchase medicines from the civic-run hospital or dispensary in Mumbai, you will find a barcode printed on a medicine strip or a bottle. The civic body is deliberating this proposal to maintain transparency in the purchase and sale of medicines.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ashwini Joshi, additional commissioner, BMC, said, “We are considering this proposal aiming that patients seeking treatment in the civic-hospitals, do not face a shortage of medicines. The BMC is in the middle of discussing this proposal. We can’t divulge details, as the model code of conduct is in place.”

With the barcode system, the BMC is also deliberating to print a word MCGM (Mumbai Corporation of Greater Mumbai) on the medicines.

According to sources, many times the doctors ask the patients to purchase medicines from the open market saying that it is out of stock. It puts extra pressure on the poor and needy patients.

The barcode system will help curb this. Mumbai has four major civic-run hospitals and hundreds of dispensaries where the medicines are distributed to the patients.

The medicine suppliers have raised an objection on the civic body’s move.