Doctors and public health groups have come up with the suggestion that the government should work for the gradual phasing out of branded drugs in a calibrated manner along with the abolition of differential pricing under different brands to give a push to generic drug prescriptions.

May 01, 2017: Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi had recently announced that the government was looking at a legal framework ensuring mandatory prescription of low cost generic medicines by doctors. Following the announcement, the Medical Council of India has stated that doctors should only prescribe generic medicines.

The proposal for mandatory prescription of generic medicines would be however, useless and counterproductive if it is carried out as a stand alone measure according to the All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN). Phasing out of the branded drugs should be done gradually so that not only the doctors but also pharmacists are not able to promote specific brands.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) with doctors’ associations has also come up with the recommendation of doing away with differential pricing of generic drugs. Other recommendations made by the AIDAN and IMA including those related to quality and affordability of drugs. Also the organisations suggested that the government should look at the overhauling of the Janausadhi scheme as well.

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