In the light of new schemes being introduced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated that there could soon be a legal framework wherein doctors will have to prescribe generic medicines. He also hinted on starting the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadi Pariyojana so that cheaper medicines are available for those who need them. As of February this year, 762 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras are functioning in over 26 states/union territories.
The PM went on to talk about how doctors wrote prescription in a way that people don’t understand what is written and have to buy them from private medical stores at a higher price. He said prescribing generic drugs will give the poor access to medicines which are cheaper but equivalent to their branded counterparts.
He hopes that with the legal framework making prescription of generic drugs mandatory, the patient will be able to buy only generic medicine, which puts the decision on him, not to buy other branded medicine and the doctor too, will have to prescribe in a way where his/ her hand writing is clear.