'Law to make doctors prescribe generic drugs'

'Law to make doctors prescribe generic drugs'

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar said that the Centre is trying to make prescription of the generic name of a medicine mandatory by amending law.

He spoke after inaugurating the generic stores under ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Pariyojna’ by the Mathrbhoomi Sauharda Sahakari Niyamitha on Saturday.

“The government will bring in legal framework where doctors have to prescribe generic medicines cheaper than equivalent branded medicines to the patients. Under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojna’, the government has opened 1,100 Jan Aushadhi stores selling more than 650 medicines and 150 health supplements at cheaper rate. The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the nodal implementation agency,” said Kumar.

“The pharma industry produces Rs 2 lakh crore worth medicines annually, half of which is consumed by the domestic market. Medicines worth Rs 1,00,000 crore are exported to 214 countries of the world. Along with food security, the citizens of the country needs health security which is possible through low-cost medicines,” he added.

Branded medicine
The minister expressed serious concern over exorbitant prices charged for branded medicines. “Every citizen of the country should have access to quality medicines at cheaper price. Capping the price of coronary stent by the union government will benefit six crore cardiac patients in the country. About 5 lakh cardiac patients undergo surgery annually in the country,” he said.

Lauding Mathrbhoomi Sauharda Sahakari Niyamitha, under the leadership of MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, the said the cooperative has signed an MoU to set up 100 generic stores in Dakshina Kannada.

Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Jigajinagi, MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik were present.