The Uttar Pradesh government has taken a big decision. Now doctors in UP will not be able to prescribe branded medicines instead of generic ones at any cost. The Medical and Health Department has given clear instructions to all the doctors that they will not write the name of the brand of the drug, but its salt.
Deputy CM and Health Minister Brajesh Pathak on Tuesday directed the officers of the Medical and Health Department in government and government-aided hospitals to use generic drugs. Brijesh Pathak is strict on doctors prescribing branded medicines instead of generic medicines in government hospitals.
According to the order issued by the Health Department, all government hospitals have also been asked to display the list of available medicines. Now doctors cannot prescribe medicine from outside even if they want to. Now medicines can be taken from Jan Aushadhi Kendra.
Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak said that this decision has been taken keeping in mind the interest of the public. If there are no medicines in the hospital, and the doctor prescribes the medicine from outside, then they will write the name of the salt instead of the name of the brand. If doctors are found prescribing medicines from outside, then action will be taken against them.
It is being told that the health department has received many complaints about doctors prescribing branded medicines. The reason why this order was issued. Amit Mohan Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health Department, issued this order on Tuesday evening.
Actually, the medicine for any disease is a kind of ‘chemical salt’. The generic medicine is known by the name of the salt from which it is made. At the same time, when the company gives it its name, it becomes branded. For example, a medicine used for pain or fever contains paracetamol salt. But when someone makes it a brand, he gives it a name. Whereas generic medicines for diseases like cold cough, and fever are available at Rs 1-2 per tablet, whereas branded, cost is very high.