Go­ing Generic

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2012: The In­dian gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ates a $5.4 bil­lion plan that will al­low gov­ern­ment-sec­tor doc­tors to pre­scribe generic drugs to pa­tients free of cost. The move, aimed at mak­ing healthcare af­ford­able to hun­dreds of mil­lions of In­di­ans, is a ma­jor pol­icy ini­tia­tive by the gov­ern­ment to­wards strength­en­ing its public health sys­tem, which is in a de­plorable con­di­tion due to lack of funds and in­fra­struc­ture. Jan­uary 2013: In a cir­cu­lar ad­dressed to the deans/prin­ci­pals of all med­i­cal col­leges, di­rec­tors of hos­pi­tals and pres­i­dents of all state med­i­cal coun­cils, the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI) calls upon doc­tors prac­tis­ing medicine to pre­scribe drugs with generic names as far as pos­si­ble. The MCI cir­cu­lar re­in­forces that all reg­is­tered med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers un­der the In­dian Med­i­cal Coun­cil (Pro­fes­sional Con­duct, Eti­quette and Ethics) Reg­u­la­tions, 2002, should com­ply with the guide­lines with­out fail.

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