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IMA, MCI differ over generic drugs

IMA is against the new directive of the MCI which mandates heads of medical colleges, hospitals and its state chapters prescribe medicines only in generic terms

IMA is against the new directive of the MCI which mandates heads of medical colleges, hospitals and its state chapters prescribe medicines only in generic terms

geNew Delhi:Differences have apparently cropped in between the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Medical Council of India (MCI) over generic medicines prescriptions.

In a recent directive, the MCI has mandated heads of medical colleges, hospitals and its state chapters prescribe medicines only in generic terms.

Opposing the move the IMA has said that without proper mechanism to monitor the quality of generic medicines in the country, it was not a rationale move.

Chairman of IMA-IT committee Dr Srinivasa Raju maintained that the IMA favours supporting only rational and quality prescription methods. So without proper mechanism to monitor the quality of generic medicines, the association would not support the directive issued by the MCI recently.

Unless good monitoring system is implemented, we can’t support unilateral generic drug usage. The doctor should have the liberty to choose the medicines, Dr Raju said.

He suggested that steps should be taken to open chain of Jan Aushadhi stores throughout the country, and private hospitals must be encouraged to start quality generic shops without licence conditions.

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