Why Don't Doctors Prescribe Generic Drugs? HC

Srinagar, November 07: The  DB had sought government's response on non-prescription of generic drugs by the physicians.
Amicus curie in the PIL submitted that despite the regulatory provisions provided under Indian Medical Council Act, it is invariably noticed that no medical record are being maintained by the Physicians pertaining to their indoor patients.
The amicus said the physicians while writing their prescription do not display their registration number. While treating patients, the physicians do not prescribe the drugs in their generic names. On the contrary, the amicus said, the drugs are prescribed by the physicians in the brand names of various pharmaceutical companies, result the drugs not being available to the consumers on uniform rates.
He added that It has lead to corrupt, dishonest or unethical conduct on part of members of the profession receiving gifts, gratuity, commission etc in consideration of prescribing the medical treatment.
It has been pleaded that Heads of the Departments in terms of Government order of December 2016 have been assigned the task to frame standard operating procedures. No details have been indicated adding that the respondents have not disclosed the progress on the count of Jan Aushadi Scheme or Janini Shishu Suraksha Kariyakarum.. The respondents have referred to setting up of J&K MPCL, without disclosing its budget and quality of medicines and scheme of supplies of drugs to the Hospitals.
A division bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the Government through its counsel M I Dar to respond by next date of hearing in the PIL



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