Doctors To Face Disciplinary Action If They Prescribe Brand Name Drug : Government Circular 21/04/2017
From Today if you consult a doctor for fever, and if he prescribes ‘crocin’ or ‘instead of ‘paracetamol’ (generic name drug), he can face disciplinary action from Medical Council of India as per recent circular. The Medical Council of India has asked all the registered Medical Practitioners to ensure that they prescribe drugs with generic names only. The Council also warns disciplinary action against those found violating these regulations.
The move is meant to prevent doctors from prescribe brand-name drugs that are usually significantly costlier. The MCI reiterated its 2016 directive, few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on putting in place a legal framework to ensure that the doctors prescribe low cost generic medicines to the patients. The prescription shall be in legible and preferably in capital letters
It has asked the medical community to follow its 2016 notification in which the MCI had amended the clause 1.5 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 mandating the doctors to prescribe medicines by generic names in place of brand names.
What is Generic Drug ?
A generic drug is a pharmaceutical drug that is equivalent to a brand-name product in dosage, strength, route of administration, quality, performance, and intended use.In other words, their pharmacological effects are exactly the same as those of their brand-name counterparts. A generic drug is the same as a brand-name drug
Why the need to prescribe Generic Drug?
Few Doctors use to prescribe branded drugs as they has nexus with producers of branded drug which in turn pass on commission on sales of drugs to doctors. To stop such practice government has come out with the circular. However it may not effect doctors who are in practice and who has no such nexus with drug producing companies.
Copy of Circular
Dear Sir / Madam,
Your kind attention is invited to circular no MCI-211(2)(Gen)/2012-Ethics/ 145183 dated 22.112.2012 and 18.01.2013
That the said circular has called upon the doctor practicing medicine to prescribe drugs with generic name as far as possible
However the clause 1.5 of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) Regulation 2002 has been amended in 2016 and notified in Gazette of India on 21.09.2016, which reads as under
“1.5 Use of Generic Name of Drug: Every Physician should prescribe drug with generic name legible and preferably in capital letters and he / she shall ensure that there is ration prescription and use of drugs”
All the Registered Medical Practitioners under the IMC act are directed to comply with afforested provision of the regulartion with our fail
You are requested to give wide publicity of the above regulation to ensure that all the doctors practising medicine under your jurisdiction comply with regulation
All concern are once again urged to take necessary step for observance of the aforesaid provision of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) Regulation 2002, in its letter and sprit
For any doctor found violating the clause 1.5 of Eithcs regulation, suitable disciplinary action will be undertaken by the concern SMC / MCI