Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Haryana has taken lead in providing generic medicines to patients at reasonable price. Officers of FDA, Indian Medical Association, the representative body of doctors and Residents Welfare Associations and Chemists took a solemn pledge here at a conclave in Gurgaon to work toward providing generic medicines to public at reasonable price.
The conclave was organized by Gurgaon
Druggists Association. It was brain child of Dr. G.L. Singal, State
Drugs Controller-cum-Joint Commissioner of Food and Drug
Administration. Speakers at the conclave explained in length that
generic medicines are as good as branded one as far as quality is
Besides they are low cost as compared to branded
drugs. 25 Gurgaon chemists offered to provide generic medicines.
Dr. Singal wondered that although India was largest
supplier of generic medicines to word and every third tablet used in
world originates from India, but here in our own country we are
forcing the poor patients to purchase costly branded medicines. He
said that doctors can play a major role in achieving this purpose as
patients believe them as next to God.
Dr. Singal regretted that benefit of generic
medicines is also not reaching to patients because of the fact that
the medicines are labeled with MRP (maximum retail price) which is
much higher than their billing or cost price and as per our laws the
chemist can charge as per the printed MRP.
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