The Narendra Modi govt is planning to bring law to make doctors compulsorily prescribe generic drugs
Dr S S Agarwal, former president, Indian Medical Association, says: “While the idea of only prescribing generics is good, it is not practical in India. The doctor’s job will now be only to diagnose the ailment. Using standard procedures of treatment for an ailment, the chemist will start selling drugs.” Agarwal also highlights that procuring generics is a problem in India, as domestic manufacturing is not robust. He cites the example Jan Aushadhi Stores where generics are sold at lower prices. “At any time, only 200 of the 600 drugs that the government planned to sell at the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Store are available. There has never been a day when all 600 drugs are there.” The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the nodal implementation agency for this programme.