🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴From the desk of Dr KK Aggarwal

National President, IMA
Generic drugs prescription

The current law situation is

““Every physician should prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs”
1. Every physician means all of us

2. ‘Should” means may and may means optional or preferable

3. Drugs with generic names means the chemical name of the drug

4. Legibly : means readable


a. It does not mandate electronic prescription

b. It does not mandate or it would have been shall and not should

c. It does not include the word “only’ it only manes naming the chemical name of the drug

In India. chemical generic name of the drug is available in three formats

Generic generic

Generic trade

And generic brand

All companies make all three versions. Generic brands are the costliest with no difference in quality

IMA Stand

1. Choose drugs from national list of essential medicines (They are cheaper and of quality and efficacy)

2. When writing non NLEM take consent

3. When prescribing, write the cheapest available medicine and that will always be the generic- generic version of that company

4. Best will be to write the name of the salt and the name of the company you want to choose. No- body can stop you choosing the company for quality assurance.

5. When writing paracetamol for jan aushidhi you have to write the name jan aushidhi

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