Prescribing generic medicines already a must under MCI rules
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While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that “legal arrangements“ will be made to ensure prescription of generic medicines becomes compulsory , the fact is that this is already mandatory. The Medical Council of India's (MCI's) ethics code for doctors made generic prescription mandatory in October 2016, though it has never been enforced. Health being a state subject, the other method the Centre has of regulating prescription practices is by reining in pharmaceutical companies from bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs.However, the Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP), which was to prevent such unethical practices, has been hanging fire for two years.

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