Generic drugs

Doctors must only prescribe generic drugs or face measures, says Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday called for action against doctors in public hospitals after learning they were prescribing brand name drugs and not generic drugs.

It was holding a review meeting of the Department of Urban Administration and Development and the Department of Environment and Housing here, an official statement said on Monday.

During a review of the ‘Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store’ scheme, he called for strict action against government doctors prescribing brand name drugs.

The Chief Minister was told that despite repeated instructions, doctors were prescribing branded drugs to patients.

As a result, the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr Maninder Kaur Dwivedi, has written to all District Collectors and Chief Medical Officers of Health (CMHOs), to ensure that doctors only prescribe generic medicines.

On October 23, 2021, the Chief Minister had launched the flagship generic drug store Shri Dhanwantri to offer a 50-70% discount on the maximum retail price of drugs.

Stores are required to sell 251 types of generic drugs and 27 surgical products.

Currently, 159 medical stores are operating in the state against a target of 188 in 169 city agencies. The program had benefited 17.92 lakh citizens.

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean