Delhi: In the wake of rising inflation and rising poverty in India, the central government has directed doctors to prescribe cheaper generic medicines to patients. Otherwise strict action will be taken. If necessary, the license of the doctors will also be suspended.
According to an international news agency report, the rules issued by the Indian Medical Council (IMC) in 2002 state that there are guidelines that every doctor in the country should prescribe generic drugs. But it did not mention action against doctors.
Recently the National Medical Commission has announced that the NMCRMP Regulations 2023 have come into force in place of these regulations. It also mentions action against doctors who do not follow the rules.
A doctor’s license will be revoked in case of repeated violations of the rules, according to the rules, “unnecessary drugs, unreasonable prescribed dosages, combination pills should not be prescribed.” If anyone violates these rules, the doctor concerned will be warned and ordered to attend the workshops.
According to the rules of the National Medical Commission, the names of the medicines should be written in capital letters in the medicine slip written by the doctors. In the current situation, everyone has to spend a large part of their income on health care.
It should be noted that the prices of generic drugs are 30 to 80 percent lower than branded drugs, so doctors are instructed to prescribe generic drugs to reduce medical costs, make healthcare more accessible and cost-effective. Even those who cannot afford to buy medicines can get access to medicines.